NOT ENOUGH BEAUTY
“But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command brought by his eunuchs; therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him” (Est 1:12)
Just try to imagine the scene in the palace, in the women’s quarters, when the eunuch came with the message. ‘Ma’am’ Vashti should dress and come with her royal crown to present herself before the king. The women were in the middle of their own feast and possibly drunk themselves; then the idea that Vashti should abandon them and go away to see her husband, even if for an hour, that sounded crazy to them. They may have mocked the king and his messenger. Possibly, they encouraged her to join in the mocking. The song of rebellion sounded just right! The tune, the beat, the modulation…
For a moment, the Queen ‘forgot herself’. She forgot her background; the many years when she prayed for a prince to come and marry her. She forgot that the crown on her head was the king’s property, given to her ‘by grace’. The palace where she stayed also belonged to the king. Both as a husband and as her king, she owed him respect and honor; especially in the presence of others. O, how easy is to forget gratitude…
Foolishly, she chose to refuse the king’s request. This may not have been the first time that she manifested a rebellious spirit. But this was to be the last time. Rejected, the king burned with anger…Her beauty could not help now. She exhausted the good will of her husband and of the general public. This time there was no more mercy left for her. She has to leave the palace and the marriage. If she had any children, she will lose them too. From now on she will be known as a bitter woman, living in past glories. Later on, without a throne and without a crown, she may have regretted her foolish boldness. But it was too late. The king has spoken! She was out!
This is one of the most serious lessons for us: Rebellion is always punished in the Bible. Please pray about it! One of the consequences of disobedience and rebellion against God is this: you will never have total peace in any situation in life. No matter the promotion or the wealth associated with it, you will always feel insecure about your position. You’ll feel a constant threat, a permanent anxiety that another person, better than you, shall replace you one day. This insecurity may manifest as pride or as rudeness. But it is a silent ‘worm’ eating you inside and none will understand. You will be consumed by the desire to prove your worth. You will have the tendency to be suspicious of any other person who wants to ‘steal your crown’.
This is the Word of God concerning marriages: A wife should submit to her own husband as unto the Lord (Eph 5:22). Submission is a choice; it is never forced. It is a godly fruit of the ‘wisdom that comes from humility’ (Jam 3:13). It is a foundation law in the kingdom of God and in any successful marriage. It is not easy to submit but the reward is always greater than the pain! You may regret other things, but never submission done by the power of the Holy Ghost! I said ‘never’!
In Christ I declare:
My marriage is a blessing and an inspiration to many. We did not buy it with money. We did not manipulate or seduce to get it. It is the gift of God the Father to us. Jesus Christ is in the center of it. The Holy Spirit sealed it. My husband and I, we maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph 4:3). Knowing that Jesus is coming soon, we hold on to what we already have, watchful that we lose not our blessings and ministry ‘crown’. We are pillars in the house of God and none can uproot us! Even in the future! (Rev 3:11, 12). All to the glory of God!
In Jesus name