Esther 2:1-8
Esther Becomes Queen

        Some time after this, when the king's wrath had subsided, Abasuerus remembered Yashti, how she had behaved, and the measures taken against her. The king's gentlemen-in-waiting said 'A search should be made on the king's behalf for beautiful young virgins, and the king appoint commissioners throughout the provinces of his realm to bring all these beautiful young virgins to the citadel of Susa, to the harem under the authority of Hagai the king's eunuch, custodian of the women. Here he will give them whatever they need for enhancing their beauty, and the girl who pleases the king can take Vashti's place as queen.' This advice pleased the king and he acted on it.
        Now to the citadel of Susa there lived a Jew called Mordecai son of Jair, son of Shimei, son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who had been deported from Jerusalem amoung the captives taken away with Jeconiah king of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and was now bringing up a certain Hadassah, othherwise called Esther, his uncle's daughter, who had lost both father and mother; the girl had a good figure and a beautiful face, and on the death of her parents Mordecai had adopted her as his daughter.

What will you do when Jesus, your King, calls?
     The lives of Vashti and Esther, two women in Old Testament times,  who were a lot like us, illustrate the two choices we can make. We can refuse to respond when He invites us to come to Him or we can answer, "I will."
        King Ahasuerus and Queen Vashti were the creme de la creme of the land, and they were throwing a part; a royal banquet, to be exact. The king was upon his throne while queen Vashti and her court were being entertained in another part of the palace. In the middle of the celebration, the king ent his servants scurrying with a command, "Tell Vashti that I, her king, require her immediate presence."
        Imagine the servants surprise when queen Vashti, in front of everyone, said no to the king's command! The queen telling the king no? A wife telling her husband no? It was unheard of!
      We could question the king's motives and the "political correctness" of his method. But what he wanted and why didn't matter. What mattered was that he called Vashti and she refused to come. How many of us have refused the Lord when He has summoned us into His presence? He called us over and over again, and we've told Him no just as many times in just as many ways.

What does He want? What does it matter? He has called!

        Queen Vashti lost her crown and was banished because she refused her king. Fortunately for us, our King is the God of second chances. The scriptures say that God is "married" to the backslider (see Jer 3:14) and even though we may refuse to appear before Him, His mind is still set on us. Esther was an unknown orphan when she choose to answer a call she did not yet fully understand. She became queen to king Ahasuerus, just as if she were the heroine in a fairy tale.
        No doubt Esther did not come into the king's presence offering a list of excuses. Dont make the mistake of responding to the call of God by telling Him who you aren't and what you can't do. He knows you, and He calls you anyway.
        When the king called Esther, she responded, "I will." Later, when she asked to see him, he extended his royal scepter to her and declared, "whatever you request is yours, queen Esther." Rising to the occasion, she asked that her people, the nation of Israel living in captivity be saved from annihilation. Her wish was granted and she became known through out history as a great deliverer.

Today, God is calling you "queen". You may not feel like a queen; you may not look like a queen; you may not deserve to be a queen, but the scepter is still extended to you. God is saying, "If you but answer My call, you can ask whatever you want, and it shall be done for you".

by Serita Jakes
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