Crowns

Adam Stout

READ : Esther 4:1-16

The king loved Esther more than all the women . . . so that he set the royal crown on her head. (2:17)

Most of us are taught at an early age that it’s desirable to be crowned royalty. Children are naturally drawn to the idea of being a king or a queen. The kids in my school played “King of the Hill,” not “Plumber of the Hill.” Young girls dressed up as Disney princesses not Disney engineers. Being a real king or queen, however, isn’t all fancy clothes and crown jewels. The Bible consistently warns those who are in authority because God will hold them accountable for how they wield power.

In today’s reading, Queen Esther is called upon to save the Jewish people, who are under attack and threatened with genocide. If she approaches the king without his permission, she could be killed. But God gives Esther courage to enter the king’s presence and save her people. Before she goes to the king, her uncle says, “Who knows, perhaps you were made queen now for this very reason?”

We should wonder the same thing about our positions. We might not wear a crown, but we all have influence. Whatever job we may have, we have the opportunity to use our positions for good. It’s not always easy. Sometimes it requires bravery. But the one we serve above all others is the King of the Universe.

PRAYER

King of Kings, grant us, and our leaders, strength, courage, and wisdom to rule responsibly.