ďFor if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your fatherís house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?Ē Esther 4:14
Esther life did not have a happy beginning. Her parents died when she was very young. Fortunately, a member of her family, named Mordecai, took her in to live with him.
Esther and Mordecai were Jews and at that time, the Jews were living in Persia having been run out of Israel years before. The King of the land was named, Xerxes and his queen was named Vashti. One night the king had a feast and wanting to show off his beautiful wife he called her to join him. However, Vashti refused to come which made the king angry, so he had her put away.
It wasnít long before the king became lonely, so he declared that young women be brought to the palace. He was ready to choose a new queen. Esther, who was older now and was one of the women brought to the palace and was chosen to be the new queen.
Mordecai, who was worried about Esther, would go by the gate of the palace in hopes of hearing news about Esther. One day he heard two officers making plans to kill the king. Mordecai got word of this plot to Esther, who informed the king and saved his life.
Also in the palace at the time was a man named Haman, who had risen in ranks. Haman expected everyone to bow down to him. When Mordecai refused, Haman became very angry. When Haman discovered that Mordecai was a Jew, he made plans to persuade the king to have all Jews killed. Now remember, Esther who was now queen was also a Jew although, Haman nor the king knew that about the queen.
Word reached Esther that Mordecai was upset, so she sent someone to find out what was bothering her kin. He sent word back regarding the plan to have the Jews killed and asked Esther to talk to the king, for if she didnít all her family would die. The problem was that the king had a rule that no one could approach him unless he called. Therefore, Esther was hesitant about going to the king. Mordecai then sent word to Esther asking her a question: Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? In other words, maybe this is why you were born and placed in the palace, to save your people, the Jews.
I encourage you to read the entire story of Esther in the bible. However, I will tell you that Esther did approach the king and the Jews were saved. She was a brave young woman that God used to save His people. Her life had not begun well, but with Godís guidance she became a much loved Queen.
You may never be a queen but as a child of Godís You are a Princess, because God, Your father, is the King!
Dear Lord, thank You for always being with us, for sending people who take care of us, and may we always be brave in whatever You have for us to do. In Jesusí name, Amen.