I discovered 6 powerful Life lessons from the Book of Esther that are life-changing. To some people, the Book of Esther is just a fairy tale without the mention of God in that passage of scripture.
Surprisingly, if you read the story of Queen Esther without the inspiration and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, you would pass over the story’s hidden treasures. Be comfortable and let’s explore what made Esther so special.
What lessons can we learn from the book of Esther?
The Book of Esther has timeless truths, especially for young ladies who believe that beauty would get them through anything. In Esther 1:9, Queen Vashti hosted a feast for the women of her court at the same time as her husband the king.
This may appear harmless, but she was supposed to be attending to the king’s affairs and ensuring that the occasion was remembered in the hearts of the people.
God has given women the gift of foresight and the capacity to pay attention to details.
We can think with both sides of our brains, but males cannot.
We can detect gray areas that he might not have spotted during the planning process. This was the mistake Queen Vashti made. Her beauty got her to the palace but she didn’t use her brain.
Another important lesson from Queen Vashti in the Bible, as recorded in Esther 1:12-22, is that the greatest necessity of any man/male is respect.
No man wants to be disrespected in the company of other men. When you do that, he will strive to show you who is in charge.
Queen Esther earned the respect of Hegai and the king because of her respect for authority, which was one of the main distinctions between her and Queen Vashti.
Every time she wished to make a request, as described in the book of Esther, specifically Esther 9:13, she would deliver it while making sure it pleased the king.
She was aware that it was part of her job as queen to promote not just her own interests but also the king’s.
Queen Esther also knew when to speak and when to hold her tongue. Her uncle Mordecai instructed her not to reveal her nationality to anyone.
I’m sure some of the girls in the court would have made enemies just speaking about where they came from which would have led to one bickering or the other about which tribe was the best.
Another lesson we can gain from Esther is that even when God seems hidden, He is still in control. The Book of Esther is unique in that it never actually mentions God by name.
Yet His providential hand is evident throughout the story. There are no coincidences, only God-incidences. When circumstances seem hopeless, remember that God often works behind the scenes in unseen ways. Have faith that He will make a way when there appears to be no way.
Take time to fast and pray, then step out in confidence, trusting that the God who works in secret will equip you for what He’s called you to do. Like Esther, you were born for such a time as this. Take heart!
What is the lesson learned in Esther 1?
Christians must understand that God has a backup plan at all times. God would use someone who is wiser, better, and even more qualified than we are at the precise moment when we believe we are irreplaceable.
Although we have His gifts, we do not have His presence. The presence of God is what makes all the difference, so I would choose to prioritize that over anything else.
Queen Vashti had the looks and the palace, but she was blind to the fact that other women could step in and replace her in an instant. Never assume that God, the Lord of our Life, is a given.
What is the lesson of Esther 10?
The lesson of Esther 10: Even seemingly insignificant acts can have a significant impact. Mordecai may have felt forgotten and not given the credit he deserved. He still stayed at the king’s gate and did not complain.
You may feel like just another face in the crowd at times like your small acts of courage or faith go unnoticed in the grand scheme of things.
But Esther 10 reminds us that every act of obedience and trust in God’s plan has a ripple effect.
Like a tiny pebble creating ripples that expand across the water, your actions can influence others in ways you may never fully see or comprehend.
In the end, Mordecai’s faithfulness earned him a position of authority next to King Xerxes. From a gatekeeper to the palace. So don’t dismiss what may seem like minor steps of faithfulness. God uses them all.
Every decision matters when you’re walking with God
Remember when we talked about how Esther chose to listen to Mordecai and keep her identity a secret at first? And how that act of obedience positioned her for greater influence later on?
Well, the same principle applies here. Each choice you make – to trust God, act with wisdom and courage, and show compassion to others – sets you up for future opportunities to be used by Him.
No act of courage or kindness is too small to matter
Maybe you brought a meal to a friend going through a hard time. Or volunteer your time for a good cause in your community.
Or simply chose kindness in a moment when anger felt justified. Though simple, these acts matter greatly because they build upon each other to create change. Like the story of the boy who kept throwing starfish back into the sea, every small act makes a difference.
God uses willing hearts, not perfect people
Esther was an ordinary woman who was willing to do an extraordinary thing. And because of that, God used her in powerful ways.
He’s looking for the same in you – a willing heart. He will equip you with courage and wisdom for each task He calls you to, so don’t count yourself out due to imperfections or perceived weaknesses. Say “Yes!” and watch how He works through your willing heart.
The ripple effects of your influence may surprise you
You have no idea how many lives you influence through small acts of faith and courage. A kind word here, a compassionate gesture there – these ripple outward in ways unseen, giving others strength and hope.
Like Esther, you were born “for such a time as this” – to make a difference right where you are through the grace of God working in you. Trust that He will use your willing heart to create ripples of influence that expand His kingdom in this world.
What is the lesson learned from Esther Chapter 6?
Ever find yourself in a situation where you have to make a choice between doing the right thing and the easy thing? We’ve all been there.
In Esther chapter 6, King Xerxes faced a similar dilemma. He couldn’t sleep one night and asked his servants to read to him from the royal chronicles.
As fate would have it, they just so happened to read about how Mordecai had uncovered an assassination plot against the king years ago.
The king realizes he never properly thanked Mordecai for saving his life.
Whoops! The king feels pretty silly for forgetting to reward Mordecai for such an act of loyalty. But it’s never too late to make things right, so King Xerxes resolves to honor Mordecai immediately.
Haman’s ego takes a major blow.
At the same time, Haman was the enemy of the Jews. A descendant of the King of the Amalekites, the people King Saul was sent to destroy but he didn’t.
His descendant Haman having been told the story of how the God of the Jews destroyed his people decided to take revenge.
The twist of this plot is that Saul’s disobedience didn’t stop God from completing what He started years ago which is destroying the remains of the Amalekites.
Haman is plotting to have Mordecai hanged. But when Haman comes to ask the king’s permission to hang Mordecai,
Ahasuerus asks Haman what he should do to honor a man who has pleased the king. Thinking the king means to honor him, Haman suggests an elaborate ceremony.
Imagine Haman’s shock when the king instructs him to carry out all those honors for Mordecai instead! What a blow to Haman’s ego.
Mordecai receives his just reward.
After years of being overlooked and disrespected, Mordecai finally gets his moment in the spotlight. And Haman has to be the one to place the royal robes on Mordecai and lead him through the city proclaiming his good deeds. How’s that for ironic justice?
The lesson: humility and patience pay off.
This story teaches us that humility, integrity, and patience in the face of adversity will be rewarded in time.
Mordecai didn’t lash out in anger or try to take revenge when his good deed went unacknowledged. He remained humble and faithful, trusting that truth and justice would prevail in the end.
His patience and humility were rewarded in a very public fashion, while Haman’s hubris led to his downfall.
The book of Esther reminds us that even when things look bleak, God is still in control. He will lift up the humble and bring down the proud in His perfect timing. So stay humble, do the right thing, and trust that truth and justice will have their day.
And so, dear reader, you have journeyed with us through the harrowing tale of Esther, a story of courage against all odds and faith in the face of mortal peril.
While you may never find yourself in quite such a dramatic position, Esther’s example remains an inspiration. The next time you face your own seemingly insurmountable obstacles or moments of self-doubt, remember Esther.
Summon your courage, trust in divine providence, and go forth to do what must be done. Who knows, maybe someday they’ll name a religious festival after you too.