Revelation 12; Esther 2; Psalm 105:26-45
The book of Esther is quite an unusual book. We don’t see the name of God mentioned in the book. We follow the story of a woman who becomes important enough to save all the Jews living in the Babylonian empire which is quite interesting given the traditional outlook towards women in that day. Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, became Esther’s adoptive father when her father and mother died. When the king deposed the queen and sought to look for another, Esther’s beauty brought her into the stable of prospective queens. All kinds of beauty preparations were made before each woman went in for her night with the king. Mordecai was one of the first helicopter parents and sought to check on Esther as much as possible along the way. Esther won the king’s heart and became queen. Even still, Mordecai hovered. It paid off. “In those days, while Mordecai sat within the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king.” (Esther 2:21-23) Mordecai’s hovering allowed him to hear of a plot against the king. This would have a direct effect on Esther’s safety and he passed the information on to the king through Esther. The story was confirmed, the king and queen were saved and Mordecai earned himself a spot in the annals of Babylonian history. This incident, aside from being an example of how one man can make a difference in the immediate situation will come up later in the story of Esther with an important outcome. Whatever we do has ramifications for later in life. When we do the right things we find out that God uses them for our good and the good of others in the long run. The key, though, is that we have to be willing to do the right thing in all circumstances.
Dear Lord, give me the understanding to know You well enough to know the right thing to do in all circumstances and the willingness to do the right thing no matter what the cost may be. Sometimes doing the right thing will cost me money or prestige – but if it is Your way, let me be willing to pay that price.