Mordecai told the messenger to reply to Esther, “Don’t think that you will escape the fate of all the Jews because you are in the king’s palace.” Esther 4:13 HCSB
Jonah ran from God and what God had commanded him to do. When the storms came Jonah was thrown overboard and was swallowed by a large whale, but God took care of him and saved him from drowning. Jonah later repented of his sins and God used him in a great way to accomplish His will.
Although Esther was queen and enjoyed the protection of being in the king’s palace, she still needed God’s protection. Her position and wealth were not enough to protect her. Deliverance only comes from God. Mordecai warned her that eventually her secret of being a Jew would come to light and she would suffer the same fate as all of her own people.
Challenge: No one is exempt from facing problems in life. We cannot depend on our own strength and position to prevent suffering. We all need God’s protection, wisdom, and direction.