When we study the story of Queen Esther in the Bible, we tend to focus on how blessed Esther was and how much of a blessing she was to her people. Well, what about Queen Vashti’s ill-mannered behavior?
In the first chapter of the book of Esther, it was written that king Ahasuerus, who reigned over a hundred and twenty-seven provinces from India to Ethiopia made a feast for the princes, officials, and servants of his provinces. It was a great event and consequently demeaning for king Ahasuerus to be turned down by Queen Vashti in the midst of renowned people. The question is, why did she?
I believe that queen Vashti had an ill-mannered behavior. A woman who dishonored her husband, the king in such an event. We were not told the reason for her action, however, we were told that her subordinates instigated her dethronement. If she were a graceful and loving queen, her subordinates would have made excuses for her action and judged her mercifully. So, we can safely say that Vashti’s poor manners caused her replacement.
Your character, Your image.
How is your character? Do you make cautious efforts to build yourself? How do you relate to people? A good character will take you places that talents may not take you. A graceful look will give you favor before men. Your character is your image; sculpture this image. Do not let a bad character cause you to be replaced by someone else.
Don’t keep misbehaving and then say: “that’s how I am”. No. Who you really are is a born again spirit, filled with love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control (Gal 5:22,23). You are teachable. Do not be a ”Vashti”. Be an ”Esther”.
Love Others. Be Nice
Anyone who doesn’t love his neighbor has not known God (1 John 4:8). It’s not good enough to proclaim your love for God. You best show this love in how you relate with His people. Be nice.