Today’s post is written by our Brave Writer, Karen Asbra
Created to Reign
As a woman I love a good romance story especially one where a young orphan girl goes from rags to royalty. Today I want to highlight one such woman. What differentiates her story from those we’ve seen out of Hollywood is she saved the lives of her people.
Her name is Esther.
I have read the story of Esther so many times yet I feel I can never get enough out of it or read it enough. Esther lived in a time where the Jews were free to return to Jerusalem yet a number of them lived, in poverty, in Babylon under Persian rule where King Ahasuerus was on the throne. King Ahasuerus had dethroned his Queen, Queen Vashti, for refusing to come before his presence. The king was now looking for a new queen. This is where Esther comes in. King Ahasuerus servants sought beautiful young virgins for the king to choose a queen instead of Vashti. Each young virgin had a time of preparation and Esther was no exception. The preparation time included six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women. Each woman was brought before the king and the one he favored most would be the one he would crown. When it came Esther’s turn she found favor in the sight of the king, so King Ahasuerus set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen.
It was after this that Queen Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, discovered that Haman, the kings second in command, was conspiring to kill all the Jews. Queen Esther had not revealed her identity, as a Jew, to the king or anyone in the court. She knew that it would have to be God’s timing in revealing it. Anyone who approached the king without being summoned was at risk of being killed for that was the law of the time. Esther and Mordecai began the process of seeking God and asking for His timing in approaching the king. Esther knew that if her people, the Jews, were killed she would be killed also so she made the decision that she would go before the king.
I love the words she spoke and honestly don’t know if I would be so brave as to say them, but in Esther 5:16 she spoke “….I will go to the King which is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”
So Esther did, and found favor in the sight of the king and became queen.
Through a series of events was able to reveal Haman’s plot against her people. The Jews were not only saved from annihilation but as a result of Esther and Mordecai’s actions they led a nation to freedom and were given greater authority, as well as being honored by the king.
One of the lessons I’ve learned from this story, and there are many, is that God uses circumstances to place each of us in a position of authority not for our own self gain but for a greater purpose. We get stuck and tired of waiting so we give up too soon.
Also, we don’t know who we are or who we were created to be. We only see ourselves through the eyes of the world and not through the eyes of the one who created the world and us. I’m sure Esther never imagined she would go from being an orphan to a queen. We too view ourselves with so little potential. Revelation 1:6 says that Jesus has made us kings and priests to His God and Father for His glory and dominion forever and ever.
So rise up dear one and start living in the authority that you were created to live in for the glory of God our Father!
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Karen Asbra is happily married to Lance Asbra and has 3 amazing children. She is a writer, song writer, and worship leader and enjoys bringing people into the presence and intimacy of God. You can visit Karen at her blog http://lanceandkarenasbra.com