Be ready to stand - Bible Studies for Life for April 22, 2018
Bible Studies for Life
April 22, 2018
Esther 2:5-10, 15-17 (ESV)
“God is preparing His heroes,” wrote A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, “and when the opportunity comes, He can fit them into their place in a moment and the world will wonder where they came from.”
One only has to read the pages of the Old Testament to see this quote in action through the lives of characters such as David, Daniel, Joshua and others. God often uses those who don’t seem destined for greatness for His glory. I am glad that God can use the ordinary for the extraordinary.
In Esther 2:5-7, Mordecai, the displaced Jew, took Esther to see the king. The king, who previously dethroned his queen for failing to obey a command, called for all of the virgins to come before him so he could choose a new wife.
There is a lot of speculation about why these two Jews never mentioned to the king their heritage or their faith but seemed to pass themselves off as fellow Persians. Christian author Warren Wiersbe wrote, “We aren’t really sure the reason, but we know they do not appear to do anything ungodly or rather more ungodly than the other backslidden Jews in the Persian empire.”
Nonetheless, God used all of these circumstances to promote Esther into a place of influence and power with the king (Esth. 2:8-10). God used the king’s guard Hegai, who was a Gentile, to fulfill His plan and for His glory. Esther and Mordecai needed to only be faithful to God and take advantage of the opportunities He was giving them.
Esther stepped into her new role as queen and won the favor of everyone who saw her (Esth. 2:15). The text says the king “loved Esther more than all the women” (Esth. 2:17). Chances are that the king’s “love” for Esther was solely physical, as he had just met her, but God used her position on the throne to intercede for His people. God wanted Esther and the throne to point to Him.
God has you in your job, position or circle of influence for a purpose: to glorify Him (1 Cor. 10:31).