But She Came Not

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Esther 1:17 “For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.”

Not much is known about Vashti, but one thing we do know about her is that she refused to flaunt her body like a piece of meat before lustful men. When Ahasuerus commanded Vashti to come and dance before wicked men, she refused to come. I do not believe she refused because she was obstinate, but I believe she refused because it was wrong for what he wanted her to do.

There is one little word that could change the whole meaning of the verse above, and that little word is “not.” If that word were not there, the verse would have ended like this, “The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, and she came.” The word “not” was a choice not to do wrong, and though that choice caused her to lose her position, she is still known as a lady who did right despite the consequences she suffered in her day. There are several reminders we can learn about doing right that I would like to point out to you.

First, doing right is a choice. You are the one who chooses to say “Yes” or “No” to sin. Nobody can make this choice for you. To be silent about the choice of sin is to make a choice to sin. Not to get involved about doing right is a choice to do wrong. Nobody ever said that doing right is easy. Doing right won’t always be popular, but you don't do right to be popular, you do right because it is right. If you are going to be a person who does right, you will have to make the difficult decisions of “Yes” and “No.”

Second, doing right doesn’t always bring good results. Many have the mindset that if they choose to do right that everything will go their way. There are going to be many times when doing right brings unfavorable results. The greatness of your character is revealed when you have to make a decision that brings unfavorable results. If you only make decisions based on how it will favorably affect you, you will find yourself making many wrong decisions.

Third, just because you lose doesn’t mean you were wrong. Vashti lost with the decision she made, but that didn't mean she was wrong. Just because the other side wins doesn’t mean that you made the wrong decision. Right is right whether or not you win or lose. Doing right is not based on winning or losing, but it is based on God’s Word and what it tells you to do. You cannot do right every time if you base your decisions on whether or not you will win.

Fourth, time always tells who was right and wrong. One thing you must always keep in mind is that eternity always reveals who is right. This is where faith comes in. You have to have the faith that God will reward you for doing right at the Judgment Seat. Doing right is never based on the immediate favorability of the decision. You may lose today, but you will win in eternity when you choose to do right.

Let me ask you, what decisions are you facing today that may bring unfavorable results? Let right be your determining factor. You may not have favorable results when you make the right decision, but you can sure live without a guilty conscience by making the right decision. My friend, let me challenge you always to do right.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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