Read ESTHER 2:1–4
In Montclair, Calif., Melissa Andrade dreamed of being crowned homecoming queen. But Andrade has cerebral palsy, and it seemed unlikely— even impossible. One member of the football team decided to step in and help. He invited Melissa to the dance and led a campaign to name her queen. Her classmates joined in, and, in a fairytale ending, Melissa was crowned homecoming queen and became, in her own words, “the happiest girl in the world.”
The court of King Xerxes needed a new queen, now that Queen Vashti had been deposed. How would the leader of the world’s most powerful empire find a suitable woman? His advisors suggested a thorough search to find the most beautiful young woman to be his bride (v. 2). They combed the empire to find a collection of beautiful women and then pampered them to maximize every attractive feature (v. 3).
But remember the story of David’s selection to be anointed king. The Lord instructed Samuel to appoint a new king and sent him to the family of Jesse in Bethlehem. Tall and strong and handsome, Jesse’s sons lined up for scrutiny. But rather than choose someone based on external appearance, God looked at the heart. “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him” (1 Sam. 16:7). God selected David, a young shepherd boy, whom no one considered a candidate for the throne.
In the same way, we see God’s hand at work in the selection of Xerxes’ queen. The king and his advisors were considering only physical beauty. They didn’t realize that God was at work to select a queen who would possess godly character and a beautiful commitment to her people.
APPLY THE WORD
When we choose anything—a college for our children, a new home, a car—we may focus on what we want and what would make us (or those we love) happy. But God knows what is best for us. Ask God today to help you make wise decisions, choices that will bring Him glory and will work His divine will in your life.