Esther became queen essentially by winning a beauty contest. The old queen fell into disfavor with the king and was deposed. The King of Persia was a powerful man – his words could make or break any and all. While Queen Esther was obviously beautiful, she was also Jewish. This was her little secret in the royal court. The Jewish people had been living in captivity in Babylon for years and many lived in the capital city of Susa.
Esther and her uncle Mordecai were just two of thousands living there. He had raised her and was like a father to her. Haman was a higher-up in the court. All were supposed to bow down and to honor Haman but Mordecai refused. This greatly angered the proud Haman and he convinced the king to issue a decree to be rid of these disobedient Jews. The decree went out and the date of execution was set.
Mordecai convinced Esther that she alone could save her people. After praying and fasting for three days, Esther did go to the king. It was risky – it was punishable by death to approach the king uninvited. Mordecai’s words must have been echoing in Esther’s head as she approached the king: “And who knows but that you came to royal position for such a time as this?”
Esther stepped up and saved her people from an evil man’s plot. Because of her faith in God she was willing to take a risk. She stepped out in faith after praying and fasting, after entering into God’s presence. Esther was just an ordinary person that God had placed there for “such a time as this.” In each of our worlds there are things that are not right, things that are unjust and unfair. Maybe the wrong does not affect you or your kin, but you see it. Perhaps, just perhaps, God has placed each and every one of us right where we are so that we too may step out like Esther to bring God’s justice and righteousness and love to those around us.
Scripture reference: Esther 7: 1-6 and 9-10