Esther 1:1 NKJV
Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus (this was the Ahasuerus who reigned over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia).
I am so sorry that I haven’t been on my web page for a long period. A lot has happened since my last devotional and with time I can write about it. For now I just want to get back into the swing of things.
One thing I have learned in this break is that God’s timing is perfect and that He does choose the person He wants for the job that He needs done. That is actually the moral of the story of Esther, and it is in this book that I am really beginning to see just how God does maneuver us into position. That was an important lesson to learn because I have been asking God a lot lately why certain things are happening, and when I do He leads me to these Scriptures and it is in them I hear His answer.
The first lesson we are going to glean from this study is that when we read “Now it came to pass” it is just the author’s way of opening a story. As we will go along we will see that nothing doesn’t just happen to pass by God. He has a plan and a purpose. It just so happened that a very powerful king is throwing a huge party in his honor and not withholding anything for this event, sparing no expense and lavishing others with drinks and food and more drinks.
His Queen, Queen Vashti, is having a party for herself with the other females. Everyone is celebrating and this celebration went on for a long time and is now about to come to an end. This is when the King orders the Queen to appear before him wearing her crown. Theologians debate if this King wanted the Queen to appear wearing only the crown. They believe that is why Vashti says no to him. I am not sure if that is the case but we will just assume that it was. The Queen hears this request and she refuses to do what the King has ordered. Her punishment for refusing the King is to be put away from him.
This punishment may sound harsh, but it is justified by saying that if the King does not do this then all the women will follow the example of Queen Vashti and be disrespectful to their husbands. They all had their own reasons for wanting to see her punished. All of them wanted to be master of their own home and this is one sure way they would guarantee they would get it.
This is a bad situation and we are going to continue reading and learn how God works through this. For today I just want us to stop and focus on the opening words of today’s devotional: Now it came to pass….It happened. This is not a good thing to happen and it came during a celebration so it was at a time least expected. Nevertheless it happened, and when it does happen it closes one door but we will learn it will open another.
It came to pass but as it does pass, it goes by God and nothing stays the same once it goes by God.