Esther is a compelling and beautifully told story in the Bible. At the same time, it’s a bit obscure for some people. The story is told with many coincidences and reversals. Perhaps most impactful is that God is not mentioned anywhere in the book. However, just because He seems to be hidden, doesn’t mean He’s absent from the story.
If you read Esther in the context of the rest of the Bible, you see God’s unconditional, covenant promises made to Abraham and David are in jeopardy. You also see God’s faithfulness to His promises as He providentially saves His people and defeats their enemies through the actions of Esther, the Queen.
The big idea from Esther 4 is this: God providentially positions His people to face defining moments and calls us to die to ourselves and act in faith for His glory and our good.
Scripture: Esther 4:1-17; Matthew 16:24-26