On this election day, I woke up with a feeling of complete peace. Months ago I, too, worried about what would happen to our country after this election. But today I give thanks and praise the Lord for our democratic process.
For such a time as this, the Lord led me to read the book of Esther.I have always been fond of the name Esther as it conjures up beautiful memories of my Grandmother. She was the epitome of a “southern belle”. She spoke with a delicate southern drawl, always looked fashionable, she was kind, and always wore her makeup.
Esther of the Old Testament was a beautiful jewish girl, one who loved God and lived out her faith through obedience to Him. King Xerxes was King of the Persian empire and he asked for his queen Vashti to flaunt her beauty before the people- but she refused. Xerxes hosted a beauty pageant to find his new queen and Esther won his favor.
Esther’s cousin, Mordecai, became a minor official in the Persian government, and also uncovered an assassination plan against King Xerxes. Mordecai told Esther of this plan, and she warned the King of what was about to happen- winning his favor and trust.
The King’s highest official was an evil man named Haman. Haman hated the jews and especially hated Mordecai. Haman devised a plan to annihilate the jewish people and Mordecai told Esther about this –
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
Esther urged her people to fast and pray for their deliverance. She then invited King Xerxes and Haman to a banquet, revealing her Jewish heritage, and also revealing Haman’s plan to annihilate her people.
The Lord had his hand on Esther and she was able to influence King Xerxes to do the right thing. Even though King Xerxes was not a godly man, God still used Him for His purpose. In a rage, King Xerxes had Haman immediately killed and he appointed Mordecai to be his highest official.
So this morning I casted my vote- knowing that we have to be obedient to do what He is calling us to do… to be obedient to say what He is calling us to say. I trust that His ways are higher than mine, and that He is STILL on the throne!
And like King Xerxes, there is no perfect leader for our nation. But God can still use His people to influence them for His good.
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14