The story of Vashti’s demise in the book of ‘Esther’, is well known to be due to nothing but pride, but I believe that fear was also a big factor.
10 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus, 11 to bring Queen Vashti before the king, wearing her royal crown, in order to show her beauty to the people and the officials, for she was beautiful to behold. 12 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.
Vashti may have been the most beautiful woman in the kingdom, but she may have not been confident in who she was, or in the position of prestige she held. she may have felt insecure about her appearance, and perhaps uncomfortable with being the center of attention and being such an epitome of what every woman in the kingdom should be. Her refusal to attend the banquet may have well been a result of all these.
Fear and lack of confidence paralyzes us and could cause us to miss many blessings opportunities. We must learn to conquer fear if we expect to fulfill our God-given purposes. We must be confident in the works of the Lord in our lives, and walk in His security without being consumed by pride. If God has sent an opportunity to knock on your door, do not be afraid to open it. Stop peering through the windows and listening through the walls. Grab a hold of the door knob,and Open in faith! Do not allow fear to conquer you. YOU conquer IT through the authority given to you by GOD. ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline’.[2 Timothy 1;7].
She knew her position, and was overly confident in the fact that she was the ‘it girl’ in the kingdom, and therefore became complacent. She believed in her heart that there was no competition; No match for her throne, and therefore chose to not make that appearance as requested by her king. This led to her demise and dethronement.
We too, can often enter a state of complacency when God grants us certain desires of our hearts. We start believing and priding ourselves in those gifts so much to the extent of forgetting that just as it was given, it could be taken. we begin to put things off, in a false ‘knowledge’ that we have security in it. The most common place we find complacency is with our gifts. And in our walks with God. We can often come to a certain place in both areas, where we feel as though we have the right to behave in whichever manner we please,because after all…it’s ‘Ours’! We forget our humble beginnings and start to believe we have ‘arrived’, and NOTHING can destroy what ‘we’ have created. This scene in the book of Esther teaches us Humility. it is imperative that we realize complacency and pride are our worst enemies, and must never permit ourselves to be consumed by either, because it will only lead to shame. Our position, our life, everything we possess, are all borrowed, and if God chooses, He can take them back at any moment. Be humble, For pride comes before a fall, but humility before honor.
God Loves YOU Matchlessly,