Have you ever felt like you weren’t qualified? In the messy world of job hunting, interviews, cover letters, and resumes, we jump through fiery hoops in hopes of landing our dream job. However, when we look at the qualifications, we tend to see: “five or more years of career counseling experience”, “attention to detail and accuracy”, or the classic, “must have already achieved a Bachelors, Masters, and PhD”. Some of us may look at those job requirements and think, “I’m not qualified at all!”. Sometimes, we can count ourselves out before we even start, and rob ourselves of golden opportunities God has prepared for us in advance. The Bible talks about a woman named Esther, who also felt under-qualified.
Starting in 486BC, King Ahasuerus was one of the first, and most powerful kings of Persia. The extent of his empire ran from India to Ethiopia, and was made up of 127 provinces. In other words, this was a HUGE kingdom. He even ordered a 180 day celebration commemorating his splendor and majesty. Nearing the end of this grand celebration, he ordered his servants to bring his wife out to show off her beauty:
“bring Queen Vashti before the king with her royal crown to show the peoples and the princes her beauty, for she was lovely to look at. But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command delivered by the eunuchs. At this the king became enraged, and his anger burned within him”-Esther 1:11(ESV)
Can we say drama in the kingdom? Queen Vashti’s refusal embarrassed the king in sight of the seven princes of Persia and Media capping off the end of a 180 day celebration. Awkward. Thus, a royal order went out declaring:
“that Vashti is never again to come before king Ahasuerus, And let the King give her royal position to another who is better than she”.- Esther 1:19(ESV)
Looks like a position just opened up. And it comes with a qualification.
Mordecai was a Jew in the citadel of Susa who fostered a young woman by the name of Esther. She had grown to be a very beautiful and attractive woman. But, she had no father or mother, and was a Jewish captive of the Persian empire. During this time, the Jews were a vulnerable minority despised by the Persians. She probably thought she wasn’t qualified for anything, let alone to be queen! However, when the king sent out a search party for a potential Queen, she was chosen.
“And when Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace-the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti”-Esther 2: 16&17(ESV)
What?! You mean ESTHER? Yup. Sometimes, the position you don’t think your qualified for is the position God has created you for. As queen, Esther saved the Jewish people from complete eradication, and during her reign, the Jewish status was elevated in Persia, and all of their enemies were utterly destroyed. She sounds pretty qualified to me. Whether it’s beauty, intellect, bravery, charisma, or anything else, God has specifically gifted you to fulfill the great call he has for you. Don’t let your circumstances dictate your worth. Remember,
YOU ARE QUALIFIED