22 Mar Life Lessons From the Book of Esther
There are lessons we should take note by reading The Book of Esther. On the surface the story explains how one woman saved her people through faith thus establishing a festive holiday called Purim. However there is a deeper meaning to life in this story. We’ll list 7 life lessons from the Book of Esther.
1. God is Here Even if You Don’t Believe
Through out the Book of Esther there is no mention of God. However God was in the background working to unfold events in this story.
2. With God People Find Favor In You
Out of all the beautiful virgins in Persia, Esther was the king’s favorite. Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. – Esther 2:17. When you have a close relationship with God, you will see that many people will find favor in you.
3. No Matter What Worship Only God
When a law was passed to kneel down to Haman, Mordecai did not follow it because it would break the 1st commandment, You shall have no other gods before Me – Exodus 20:3. This is how we should act as Christians. We shouldn’t be looking at celebrities as a God. We shouldn’t commit idolatry.
4. God Talks Through People
When Esther was giving excuses to Mordecai on why she can’t help, he replied, “If you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s family will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.” – Esther 4:14. Without Mordecai knowing, God was speaking to Esther through him. Sometimes when you don’t know what to do, God speaks to you through people in your life. It can be a homeless person or your mother in law.
5. Satan & His Kingdom
Through out The Book of Esther there are things Satan and his kingdom tried to accomplish but couldn’t. First Satan tried to kill Esther but only succeeded in killing her parents thus making her an orphan. Satan tried killing the king but failed because Mordecai overheard the plans of the king’s officers. Satan was able to successful enter in Haman through pride as a means to destroy the Jews. However Haman ended up being impaled by his own pole prepared for Mordecai. This is how Satan works. He will try to create obstacles and problems for God’s children. He will try to enter into people through their sins such as pride, sexually immorality, etc. Don’t let Satan or his demons enter into you so you can be used.
6. Fasting and Praying
With fasting and praying, you can overcome obstacles in your life. Instead of running away to another country, the Jewish people including Esther, fasted and prayed for 3 days. Without fasting you can’t expect your prayers to be answered quickly.
7. At the End You Will Win
If you wait on the Lord, he will not only destroy your enemies but put them to shame. At the end Haman honored Mordecai before dying by being impaled through the king’s orders.