Esther was not born into royalty, yet favor catapulted her to a place of regal influence. Thankfully, Esther had the support of Mordecai who trusted the Lord and also believed in Esther’s ability to save the Jews.
Courage set Esther uniquely apart despite her own inhibitions.
The fulfillment of a call takes preparation including silent seasons. Esther remained faithful to trust God and as a result, she saw the faithfulness of God.
Her preparation lasted for a year including the use of myrrh, which is used to heal wounds. This implies wholeness is a deep desire of the Lord for the church.
1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (NIV)
Interestingly, Vashti was banished because of disobedience. A royal decree was made to give her royal position to someone else, someone else who would steward her position better than her. She is banished and her name is not mentioned again nor does she return to the palace.
Spiritually, we are royal stewards of gifts and talents. We are also assigned callings but our calling is contingent upon our response, submission and willingness to develop into maturity so we can serve people the way our Father desires.
In the case we disobey and do not respond, the Lord will still ensure His desires will reach fruition.
Obedience takes courage and yields much fruit. The obedience of Mordecai and Esther brought a cascade of redemption.
Often, it is not about doing things perfectly but responding courageously.
When we respond courageous to God, a sacred wholehearted yes with one individual can bring much change creating a legacy of love that will impact generations to come.
So a fundamental distinction between Vashti and Esther remains their response.
And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? -Esther 4:14
Their response to the King determined their connection with the King and ultimately, their destiny.