Esther was beautiful. So beautiful that she was chosen among all the beautiful virgins to be the Queen to King Ahasuerus. But behind her beauty she hid a secret that could cost her her life. Esther was a Jew. Mordecai, Esther’s uncle who raised her, refused to bow to Haman, a high-ranking political adviser. This act of defiance enraged Haman and him and his wife plotted to kill all the Jews. Haman told the king, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of all other people and they do not observe the king’s laws, so it is not in the king’s interest to let them remain.(3:8)” The king ordered that all the Jews were to be destroyed.
But there was hope. Hope in a beautiful young lady who had hidden her heritage. Who hid her love for the God of the Jewish people. She was afraid to go to her husband as she knew that for any man or woman to go to the inner court who was not summoned would be put to death. Unless the king holds out his golden scepter.
She wanted to hide still. To remain in the palace safe, quiet, alive. Mordecai speaks the wisdom she needs:
“Who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?(4:14)”
Such a time as this.
God created us all for a purpose. What is yours? Were you made for such a time as this?