Esther 10 is three short verses and summarizes the two leading men in this book. King Ahasuerus wasn’t really plugged in spiritually to God, but he was used by God to allow Esther to become queen and Mordecai to become his number two. God is able to use anyone and anything to accomplish His plan. He has not limitations. He has no resource constraints. He took a king that was mostly oblivious to what was going on and used him to change the course of history. The evil course was destroying the Jews. God’s plan through the king was exactly the opposite.
Mordecai became “second in rank to King Ahasuerus” which is quite a feat considering he was the target of an evil plot to get rid of him. He remained true to God and refused to bow down to Haman. He stayed faithful in caring for Esther even when she had achieved the big time. Mordecai “was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brothers, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people”. He was a man of the people and put them at the top of his concern.
God shows His hand strong throughout this story. A young woman from humble beginnings who grew up an orphan in the care of a cousin rises to a position of power as queen. What would the outcome have been had Esther not been on the throne when evil raised its head? What would the outcome have been had she not been willing to risk her own life to go before the king and save her people? What would Mordecai’s future have been had she not exposed the plot to kill him and all the Jews? She was put in a place of position for such a time as this.
And she took advantage of that time and saved a nation. Neither she nor Mordecai worried about their own safety or consideration. They served God and obeyed His plan. That is what God calls us to do. He wants us to line up with His plan – to be on His page – to walk in His ways. And when we do, we can experience the kind of outcome that Esther and Mordecai did. They were used by God to do far more than either ever dreamed. They had no insight on what would happen but had to trust God each step of the journey. That is what we are called to do too – to trust and obey!