Esther 2:20 But Esther had kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai’s instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up.
There was one thing that Mordecai could depend on Esther for and that was her obedience to his instructions.
Mordecai told Queen Esther 4:13 “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but who knows that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?
Queen Esther was afraid because of the law of the land. She knew that there was a law that if anyone approached King Xerxes without being summoned to him they could be put to death unless he stretched out his gold royal scepter. Queen Esther had all her attendants fast and pray for three days that she would walk away with favor.
What is it that makes a hero? It’s when they walk through their greatest fear. It’s when they walk through it not knowing if they will make it. It’s when their hearts leap and their stomachs turn and they feel every ounce of fear inside of them but they proceed to move forward not looking back. This is the attitude of greatness.
Even in the midst of fear Queen Esther approached the king’s court showing courage and obedience to her God and her people. She understood that their pain was her pain. She was the only one that could change the current circumstances and she knew her uncle was right if she didn’t speak up this could be their last chance to survive as a nation. She hadn’t experienced such fear since her parent’s death. But it was that fear of seeing what happened to them that made her move forward. She understood walking in the background of hate. She understood that same hatred was what killed her parents and left her an orphan for her uncle to raise. It was what she saw as a child that motivated her to take each step. It was those steps of heaviness that led her heart to the king that same king now that could save her.
When the king saw her he was pleased. He stretched out his gold scepter as she had prayed and fasted.
Esther 5:3 Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request?
When you walk in obedience with God you win the favor of those around you. Esther had such obedience and selflessness that she walked in the favor of God.
Had Queen Esther not taken that first step of courage and told the king the plans of Haman the Jews accuser her nation would have been annihilated. And today, we would have no Israel. But it was the selfless heart of a little orphan girl that developed into a Queen from that one night with a King that changes everything.
Character Traits of Queen Esther