So what are some of the things we have learned from the book of Esther? How about God is nowhere yet God is everywhere. He has no mention in this portion of scripture but He is the main character. God is always and forever the main character. Still, we too have roles to play and a such a time given to play them on the great stage of life. God is at work and so too are we during our appointed time. We’re to be His faithful actors in this cosmic drama. How exciting!
How do we invest our time? Accumulating stuff? Bigger barns or bigger hearts? A barn is for keeping stuff in; a big heart is for His love and blessing to flow out to others. Maybe our times are filled with food and drink and pleasure – to the exclusion of rightly relating to our Creator. But if we are not in necessary communion with the Father, we cannot rightly relate to people. Relationships, first vertical, and then horizontal are the real stuff of life. Loving God, loving people, is the whole of life in four words. If we disobey or ignore this basic principle of life we will have regrets – a lot of regrets. How thought-provoking!
We learned that a captive slave girl became queen of much of the known world. God did that. And He has taken sinners like you and me and through His Son has made us sons and daughters and heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. He makes ragamuffins into royalty. How amazing!
In one man we see godliness and goodness. In the other selfishness and evil. In every generation during every day, good and evil do battle to win our such a time. And every generation and every soul has to choose whose side they are on. Esther had to. Even to the point of physical death she had to decide how her such a time would be invested. Her choice made a huge cosmic difference. How challenging!
We learned God = no coincidence. Perhaps if that is all we come away with it was worth studying through the book of Esther. Remember, the king can’t sleep? God is in charge. God is always in charge. How comforting!
Evil steals, kills, and destroys. Evil always seems to have the winning hand. Yet we see a very clear illustration in the book of Esther that when the final hand is played – God has a royal flush. And evil ends up grasping defeat from the jaws of victory. It swings on its own gallows before the sun finally goes down. How perfect!
We learned two roads are out there just as the Lord said. Hard and narrow goes north; easy and wide goes south. The Lord, He tells us to follow Him and go north. The enemy, he doesn’t care if he can steer us south, east or west, just as long as he can distract us, delay us, or destroy us before we turn northward. We always will find that, “In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.” or “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12, 12:28) How sobering!
Esther was asked, “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” You, me, we don’t need to be asked that question do we? I think we know or perhaps have just learned we are here for such a time as this. God has a unique plan and purpose for your life and mine. No one else can fulfill yours except you, nor mine except me. How awesome!
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15, 16)