Last week in our study of the story of Esther, we were introduced to a powerful Persian King Ahasuerus. But, then we met his beautiful Queen who told him “No”, which threw this ‘great’ king into a drunken rage. A rage that led to an unnecessary, empire-wide crisis and eventually to the Queen being banished from his presence and deposed from her throne. The events of chapter 1 leave a particular vacancy in the Persian Kingdom. As chapter 2 opens, we’ll begin to see how God will use that vacancy to fill out His plan. Today we’ll look into this and press deeper into God’s divine providence and the responses it should inspire in us.