And the young woman pleased him and won his favor.
How many times do we see this throughout Scripture? God has positioned someone in an impossible situation and for what appears to be no reason at all, they find favor with everyone they meet. Sometimes it is an up and down thing like Joseph – you’re in – you’re out, rise to ultimate favor. Or Daniel, who was a target even after his very long and faithful service to foreign kings. It is ultimately said of Jesus, “he found favor with God and man.”
Esther was all about prudence and willingness to trust Mordecai’s wisdom. As God guided her by way of M. she reached her ultimate place of standing.
It all seems so simple but she must have been terrified. To have been taken from her only family and rushed off to the palace of a King, who quite frankly, was manipulated by his advisors at every turn. They appealed to his whim and self-importance. Esther, in her under the radar approach, stood in complete contrast to him.
The meek shall inherit the earth…God is against the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Such was Esther’s experience.
Here’s the trick. If I want to live by God’s kingdom rules, you just take the world’s and then flip them upside down!