Esther, A Woman Used By God

Esther 2:15 “And Esther found favor in the eyes of all who saw her.”

 
     The story of Esther is a beautiful example of God’s marvelous sovereign hand moving and working in the lives of His people, the Jewish nation, to preserve and protect them from Satan’s devices to destroy them.  Once you start reading the compelling story in this ten chapter book, you won’t be able to stop.
     Esther was a Jewish orphan girl, taken in and raised by an older cousin, Mordecai, as his own daughter.  Having been reared in a loving environment and having been taught the Scriptures, she learned obedience and discipline and her character was above reproach.  She was also very beautiful. “Now the young lady was beautiful of form and face.” Esther 2:7 This beauty of hers, which was God-given, was not to be used for her own vanity, but she became God’s instrument to be used for His purpose and His glory.  Human nature proves that children and young people are drawn and will often look up to and follow after someone whose appearance is attractive and try to imitate and copy them.  Therefore, if God has given you such a quality as physical beauty, as a Christian you are greatly responsible in your actions and speech and dress to those to whom you might have an influence.
But Esther also had inward beauty.  As we continue to read through the story, we find that she is humble in nature and obedient, “For Esther did what Mordecai told her as she had done when under his care.” Esther 2:20.  When Mordecai told her “and who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” she used discretion and wisdom in handling the situation.  She was also a praying woman, “Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day.  I and my maidens also will fast in the same way.” Esther 4:16 Esther loved her people, even to the point of being willing to sacrifice her life for them. “If I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:16.
How encouraging this story is for women of today.  God used Esther’s feminine qualities of beauty, inner strength, self-sacrificing, wisdom and devotion to God to save a nation and then He also gave her much honor when she became queen of Persia.
 
The Better Way: Having The Qualities Of Humility, Wisdom, Beauty, Strength, and Self-Sacrifice Are Good: Seeking To Use Them For The Honor And Glory Of God Is Better.
 
Read also: Women In The Bible
 
Advertisements

About Gail Slawson

I am a 68 year old wife, mother and grandmother. After 48 years of marriage, my husband and I have been richly blessed with 4 wonderful children and their wonderful mates and 19 precious grandchildren, five of whom are already with the Lord and 2 great-grandchildren. My husband and I are busy retirees and reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we serve the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible Studies, as mentors and greeters in our church and telling others about Him "as we go." Mark 16:15
This entry was posted in Godly Living, Guidance for Women, Women of the Bible. Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to Esther, A Woman Used By God

  1. Anita Archer says:

    This is very well written and a good reminder of the importance of obedience to God.

  2. Gail Slawson says:

    Thank you, Anita.  I appreciate the encouraging words !

  3. Melinda says:

    This may be my next Old Testament book to read 🙂

  4. Susan says:

    It’s my favorite story !

  5. Beth says:

    Wonderful thoughts on Esther. So much we can learn from her.

  6. Kathleen says:

    She was such a strong and courageous woman, who had so much faith in God. I admire her!

  7. Melinda says:

    Hey Megan, you should read this. I think you fall into the category of a beautiful person. Read this and see why it matters 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s