In the days of Queen Esther from the Bible, the people did not have details as to how a beauty pageant contest was organized. The only information we can garner from the scripture is that beautiful young virgins were gathered and prepared. They did not walk in a runway in bikinis as is done today. They were not subjected to current event interviews to measure their IQ. We do not know how the winner was determined, because a panel of judges was not appointed to measure their performance.
There are certain beautiful traits that stood out in Esther that separated her from other beautiful virgins in Babylon. Her humble, beautiful character pleased Hegai and she obtained his favor. Hegai was the King’s eunuch and the custodian of women. “She pleased him and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food.” (Esther 2:9) Esther beautifully and obediently tamed her tongue. She was not flippant. “Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, because Mordecai [her uncle] had forbidden her to do so.” (Esther 2:10) She did not disclose to anyone that she is one of the Jewish slaves dwelling in Shushan. She followed the righteous counsel of Hegai. “She requested for nothing but what Hegai, the King eunuch, the custodian of women advised. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her. She eventually made it to the King’s palace and became the queen of the Babylonian Empire, the most powerful empire of her time.
Many people lose touch of their excellent character when they get to the top. Esther was still sweet to the lowly people and was still close to her roots. With her excellent kind-heartedness, she was always ready to address their needs. As powerful as she was as a queen, she never leaned on her own understanding. She beautifully fought her battles on her knees. “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions.” (Esther 4:16-17) With fasting and prayer she sought the face of the Lord concerning the problems at hand. In a beautifully selfless and sacrificial approach, she took a calculated risk of subjecting herself into danger in her attempt to save the people of God in Shushan. She stepped into the court to see the King without invitation, which was against the law. “When he [King] saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.” (Esther 5:2)
Beautifully, she extended a banquet invitation to Haman the Agagite, an enemy of the Jews. “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.” (Romans 12:20) She was planning a strategic and unconventional attack, waiting for the appropriate time to strike. “If it pleases the king,” replied Esther, “let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him.” (Esther 5:4) During the second banquet that Esther invited Haman to at the King’s Palace, she opened up. She sought the help of the King to deliver her from the enemy whose goal was to kill her and her people, pointing to Haman as the architect of this evil plot. “Whoever controls his temper is better than a warrior, and anyone who has control of his spirit is better than someone who captures a city.” (Proverbs 16:32 ISV) The shock of the revealed evil plans of Haman against Israelites and its accompanied confusion led Haman to commit an unforced abominable error when he attempted to appeal to Queen Esther for pardon, he entered into the queen’s room which was a serious offense then. “… Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house?” (Esther 7:8) The evil intentions of Haman towards the Israelites in Shushan turned against him. From the banquet party, Haman the Agagite was taken to the gallows he made for the Israelites and was hung there. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
Are you an all-round beauty like Queen Esther? Are you beautiful in appearance, kind in the heart, caring and accommodating in the spirit like the amiable queen? A true test of a beautiful character is not how you act on your best day, but how you approach issues at the crossroads of your life. Can you beautifully stand in the gap of prayer for people, so that the grace of salvation should not be wasted in your generation? Queen Esther’s all-round beauty shaped her to become a victorious warrior over the wicked entity. It is not only the beautiful outside appearance that shines, it is what you have on the inside that shines, as it emerges to bless humanity. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Let the shining light of the beauty of Jesus Christ be seen in you.
Prayer: O Lord, grant me an excellent spirit and a beautiful character and the grace of God to possess a strong desire for sacrificial services in your vineyard that will bring salvation and blessing unto humanity for your glory, in Jesus name, Amen.