#20 Women of God: Esther and being a royal
What would you do if you were suddenly asked to be a king or queen? For Saul, the whole idea was totally daunting. He was more handsome and taller than anyone else in Israel but when the time came to reveal him to Israel this huge man tried to hide. When the giant, Goliath, was taunting Israel and defying their armies, the record says that Saul was “dismayed and greatly afraid” (I Sam. 17:11). Even as king he was constantly overstepping the mark or refusing to complete the mission God put him on.
Not so, Esther! Here was an orphaned girl, a descendant of captives, who was forced to join the harem of the Persian king, Ahasuerus. During the 12 months of her preparation to walk, act, think and speak in the presence of the king, she impressed everyone around her with her demure and biddable disposition.
Even when she feared for her life when she approached Ahasuerus uninvited, she put the fate of her people first and mediated his intervention in the planned pogrom against the Jews. Acting as a king or queen is not dependent on your height or strength but your heart.
Both Saul and Esther were chosen for royal roles. The one who had all the physical attributes to give him a commanding presence continually shirked away from the responsibility and repeatedly rebelled against God. The other, frail and helpless, trusted in God alone so that she could fearlessly and boldly accept her responsibility and so save her entire nation.
You have been chosen for a royal role (I Pet. 2:9). You don’t need any special physical attributes to make you a royal. You just need a heart to follow the heavenly path that Jesus showed us.
Jesus wants to make you a new person by taking away all your failures, sins and wounds (Isa. 53:5) so that you have no baggage to hide in. “We must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us” (Heb. 12:1 TPT).