Several days ago I received a phone call offering me a wonderful writing opportunity. The opportunity was available because the person who previously occupied the position refused to make some changes that those in charge had requested. Knowing all of the parties involved, I was a bit reluctant to accept the offer. I didn’t want my predecessor to be mad with me. I didn’t want her to think that I had plotted and schemed to take her place. Never in a million years did I want to offend her in any way. Because I am such a sensitive person, I am always working to ensure that my words and actions are not those that will pierce anyone’s emotions. After struggling with the decision for a few days, God reminded me of the story of Esther. Remember Esther? She was the woman who was “chosen for such a time as this.” She went from being a no-name Jew to saving her entire people from complete annihilation. Let’s briefly revisit her story…
After a week-long celebration complete with fine linens, food and spirits, King Xerxes summoned his wife to come before him. Queen Vashti was so gorgeous that he wanted to display her beauty to all of the banquet guests. However, the Queen refused to obey his wishes: “But when the attendants delivered the king’s command, Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger.” (Esther 1:12) When I first read this, I was a bit baffled. If it was customary for the queen to adhere to the king’s request, why was she disobeying? Was she starting a women’s revolution in the B.C. era? Was she just interested in making a fool out of her husband? Did she refuse as a means of scolding him because he was too drunk? While all of these seem like great theories, I am convinced that God had purposed her disobedience to push His plan into play. Similarly, when God hardened the heart of Pharaoh and made him refuse to release the Israelites from Egypt, it was all so that His divine will could be accomplished: For the Scriptures say that God told Pharaoh, “I have appointed you for the very purpose of displaying my power in you and to spread my fame throughout the earth.” (Romans 9:17 NLT)
After Queen Vashti refused the request, the king met with his boys and they suggested that Vashti be immediately relieved of her title. “So if it please the king, we suggest that you issue a written decree, a law of the Persians and Medes that cannot be revoked. It should order that Queen Vashti be forever banished from the presence of King Xerxes, and that the king should choose another queen more worthy than she.” (Esther 1:20 NLT)
The rest is history…Esther was chosen as the new queen which put her in a position to petition the king for mercy on her people. But, Esther was only chosen as queen AFTER someone else refused to obey…
So why did we just have that brief Bible study lesson? It’s simply to remind you (and me) that there are going to be times when opportunities arise simply because someone else chooses not to submit to the process. Does that mean that we are bad people if we choose to walk through the opened door? Absolutely not! When they don’t listen to the king, they put you in a position to do just the opposite. Just like Queen Esther’s story, God will use that situation to catapult and elevate you to a position where you have the favor, power and authority to change people’s lives and situations. Walk into your destiny because a lot of people are depending you.
Thank You being King over my life. Give me the will and desire to obey Your decrees at all times. I thank You for people who say no so that You can give me yes! Help me to walk boldly into places that You prepare for me. If it’s from You, I want it! If it’s not from You, help me to discern that as well so that I may reject it. I am excited about my future and where You are taking me! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Queens, I EMPOWER you to willingly accept the new position that God is giving you. If the opportunity is the result of another’s disobedience, allow your obedience to take you to another level in Him! Remember that your obedience is connected to so many other people’s destinies!
Sending a very special “Happy Birthday” to MY king:
Mr. James Harris!
Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible more than anything. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.