Esther 2:3-4 (AMP) 3“Let the king appoint administrators in all the provinces of his kingdom, and have them gather all the beautiful young virgins to the citadel in Susa, into the harem, under the custody of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let their beauty preparations be given to them. 4 Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen in place of Vashti.” This pleased the king, and he did accordingly.”
Administrators in all the provinces of King Xerxes’s kingdoms gathered all the beautiful young virgins to the citadel in Susa. Now, let’s say each administrator “gathered” ten women each. That would have been 1,270 women. If they gathered 5 each, that would have been 635 women. If each administrator brought back 1 woman each, that would have been 127 women vying for one spot as queen. How can one woman among hundreds or among one thousand women stand out among the rest of the women of equal beauty and worldly worth? The glory of God and the purpose of God can illuminate a person and cause them to glow so brightly that we are forced to notice.
Contrary to popular worldly belief, external beauty and sexual prowess do not yield permanent attraction. External beauty fades and sexual prowess dissipates but the glory of God is forever. When you are filled with and led by the Holy Spirit and purposed for God’s glory, your spirit will exude God’s glory and draw His favor.
The glory of God is defined by Got Questions (2015) as “the beauty of His [God’s] spirit. It is not an aesthetic beauty or a material beauty, but it is the beauty that emanates from His character, from all that He is.” When God’s glory is upon you, you don’t have to vie for a spot. God will create a spot just for you for such a time as this.
Esther had a lovely figure and was beautiful but I’m sure all the other women the administrators hand picked and gathered were beautiful too. But out of all the young women who were brought to the citadel of Susa, Esther pleased the one person in charge of the harem and gained his favor immediately. She was given seven attendants, special treatment, and she was moved into the best place in the harem. The Glory of God
Has anyone inexplicably moved you to the front of the line? Given you the best seat in VIP when you weren’t VIP? Lavished you with gifts and special treatments without reason?
Now, each of the 127 or more women had a “turn” to go in with the king. She could take anything she wanted with her from the harem to the king’s palace. In the evening she would go in and in the morning she would return to a different part of the harem. However, she would never return to the king again if he didn’t summons her again by name, even after giving up her virginity. Wow…So if you didn’t possess something that was extremely powerful, how would you be different or set apart from all the other women? The Glory of God
When Esther’s turn came for her to go in to the king, Esther was obedient and took with her an item that the king’s eunuch suggested. His counsel was credible so she listened to him. Now, when Esther walked, she won the favor of everyone who saw her, even the other women vying for the same position. The Glory of God
When the king saw Esther, he was attracted to her more than to any of the other women. She won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. There was just something about her. The Glory of God
So, he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
When the glory of God is upon you and you have the favor of God, God will go before you to prepare a way for your destiny. His glory will shine so brightly in your life that the world will have to take notice. His glory will illuminate your presence so greatly that people will be drawn to the God in you and not even know what it is. Stop trying to make things happen for yourself by yourself. Stop belittling yourself for temporary fame. Be a queen among queens. But remember, God has enough glory to go around to each and every one of His queens. Leave the modern day harems, inner and outer harems, and let God elevate you to higher levels in Christ. Pray for the glory of God. When people see you, they will say, “There is just something about her.” Let that “something” be the glory of God.