Esther: Courageous Queen

For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” — Esther 4:14 (ESV)

To Read: Esther 4

Biblical Synopsis: After the dismissal of Queen Vashti, King Xerxes chose a beautiful, Jewish girl as his new queen. Not knowing the new queen’s nationality, Haman—advisor to the king—devised a plan to destroy all the Jews. Esther’s adoptive father urged her to speak out on behalf of her people.

Application for Today: Queen Esther had many desirable qualities. After all, you don’t get the position of queen without at least a few notable traits. But God had more in store for Esther than she could possibly imagine.

In the beginning of her story, Esther appears to be a “passive, compliant young woman who depends on others to think for her.”[1] Yet, God used Mordecai’s admonition to transform her into a powerful leader.

When forced with the stark news in the edict, Esther had to make a decision. She chose courage and instructed Mordecai to gather together the Jews in Susa to fast for her.

One author writes, “The very woman who had hidden her identity so she could live royally in Persia stood to her feet and blew the trumpet of regathering loudly for the scattered people of Zion.”[2]

Today, we might not face annihilation but it may be tempting to think our beauty and good looks are all that matter. But God wants so much more from us. It is not about winning an award for being the best dressed, having the prettiest hair, or even the most physically fit body.

God has placed each of us in a specific place and time to proclaim spiritual deliverance with boldness and courage to those around us.

[1] Carolyn Custis James, “A Sleeping Beauty—Esther,” in Lost Women of the Bible: Finding Strength and Significance through Their Stories (Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan, 2009), 152, Kindle.

[2] Beth Moore, Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman, 5th printing (Nashville, Tennessee: Lifeway Press, 2010), 102.