Therefore, if it pleases the king, let him issue a royal decree and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media, which cannot be repealed, that Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Also let the king give her royal position to someone else who is better than she.”– Esther 1:10-19
The Lord raises up one and He pulls down another, many are called but few are chosen. Have you ever considered what this means? If you were called, qualified, and available – why would you not be chosen? Your gift only announces you, but your character will promote and sustain you. Often God will place us in a position of great honour because of the calling that He has placed on our lives; but our responsibility is to guard what God has given you by obeying His principles or you will lose both your position and your destiny. Vashti had a calling to be queen and she was placed in that position, but the condition of her heart brought about a demotion and eventually her displacement.
Sometimes when the weight of our character is not pure enough to sustain the weight of the glory placed upon our lives, we fall victim to pride and start believing that we know better than those whom God has placed in authority over us, and that angers our King. The Bible says that obedience is better than sacrifice, and a spirit of religion and entitlement will make you overstep your level of authority, break rank, and lose your favour in the process. Esther was not the first choice but the second. We need to understand that our choices determine our outcome, and that prophecy is dependent on obedience to His Voice and His Word. Let us ensure that we guard our prophetic destiny through obedience to His call and request.