For the next several weeks on Tuesdays and Fridays, the Spiritual Formation Branch will share devotions, paying particular attention to key women in the Biblical story. Today's devotional comes from Sophomore Olivia May.
Esther and God's Will on Earth
As we head into Women's History Month, we want to take time to recognize significant women in the Bible — women who serve as role models for each of us and represent the history of God's people from another perspective.
The book of Esther is a great insight into the role women play in carrying out God's will on Earth.
In this story, Esther is chosen as King Xeres' new wife after a year of preparation. As she, through the help of her adoptive father, Mordecai, learns of Xeres' plan to kill the Jews, she exhibits great courage as she risks her life and her favor with the king in exposing herself as a Jew asking for his pardon for her people.
You see, the previous queen had lost favor with Xeres, and because of it, she was executed. Esther's position and loyalty to her people lead to the safety and glorification once more of God's chosen people. Queen Esther puts trust and faith in the Lord as she leans into His calling, acknowledging and acting upon her purpose as queen.
Strikingly, the God of the Jews is not mentioned once in the book. Through the many coincidences throughout the book that bring Mordecai and Esther into the narrative, God's presence is revealed to us. God places Esther and Mordecai right where He wants them in the time of need, rescuing His people. Esther 4:14 hints at this, "Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created."
Like Esther, we can lean into God's callings, searching for our purpose in the life we have been placed in as His plan unfolds before us.