The book of Esther records the story of God raising up a young Jewish girl named Esther to be Queen of Persia perhaps for just the right time and place to save her people, the Jews, from destruction at the hand of Haman, King Ahasuerus’ top official who hated the Jews.
In chapter 7, Esther has carefully prepared a wonderful banquet for King Ahasuerus and Haman, and the King has now asked Esther why she invited them to such a lavish banquet. “If I have found favor in your sight, O King, and if it please the king, let my life be given me as my petition, and my people as my request; for we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed and to be annihilated. Now if we had only been sold as slaves, men and women, I would have remained silent, for the trouble would not be commensurate with the annoyance to the king.” Then King Ahasuerus asked Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who would presume to do thus?” And Esther said, “A foe and an enemy, is this wicked Haman!”
The irony in the whole situation is that the woman God uses to save the Jewish people is none other than Esther, a Jewish woman who probably expected to live all her life in her Jewish community, settle down, and raise a family. It didn’t turn out that way. Instead, God elevated her to the rank of Queen of Persia, and then proceeded to use her to save His people from destruction, for the king was so outraged that he had Haman hung on the very gallows Haman built for Mordecai and the Jews.
Believers need to realize that God, working in us and through us, can accomplish great things. Sometimes he prepares us in ways we expect, such as a person training for missions work and becoming a missionary. At other times, God doesn’t work in the way we expect. A believer may train to become a pastor, and God turns him into a college professor. Sometimes we don’t turn out the way we expected, but that’s okay, because we turn out the way God expects. God, working in you, can and will accomplish great things. It’s His power, not ours, that makes the difference.