Lessons from Esther #2: Know who the boss is

One of the most interesting things about Esther is that she didn’t try to be a hero. She didn’t go around talking about how she was going to be great and powerful. She simply followed where her circumstances led her. Even more importantly, Esther was continuously remembering that she was not in charge. She always remembered who her boss was.
First was her cousin, Mordecai. The Bible tells us Esther’s parents had died, and her cousin raised her as his own daughter. Throughout the time she is living in the King’s Palace, Mordecai comes to check in on her. Her provides her with wisdom and guidance. He warns her not to reveal that she’s Jewish. He encourages her when she’s terrified. She obeys Mordecai’s requests and respects him.

Next is King Xerxes. Obviously, as the king, he rules the roost. If you remember, it was the former queen’s disobedience that got her removed as queen. Esther knew she couldn’t just show up and start calling the shots. She was submissive to the king, and she showed respect to him. She earned his favor, which played a huge part in the events of the story. Without Xerxes thinking so highly of her, surely, she would have been killed for going to the Xerxes without being called.

Then, of course, there’s the obvious. Beyond the respect for Mordecai and Xerxes, Esther remembered that God was in control. I believe she took Mordecai’s words in Esther 4:14 to heart. She truly embraced her destiny and knew that God put her where she was for a specific purpose. She trusted that God would be faithful and lead her where she needed to go. Her attitudes and actions always reflected her true boss, God.

We might think that Esther had it easy. Sure, Mordecai and Xerxes treated her well, and God knew she would make it through her trial. What happens when we have a difficult boss? Maybe the “boss” isn’t necessarily in a work situation. Maybe they’re simply someone who is in leadership. We may love them, or we may dislike them. Every president has fans and critics. God doesn’t ask us to form an opinion. God tells us we should give to Cesar what belongs to him. This means knowing who the boss is and respecting those with authority over us.

Most importantly, we need to remember who the real boss is.God is the ultimate boss, the one we will answer to for our actions and thoughts. Are we honoring our boss?

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