Artaxerxes was a king of Persia. His queen is mentioned once in Nehemiah 2:6. We aren’t given her name, but history has it that her name was Damaspia. The Bible tells us that when Artaxerxes gave Nehemiah permission to go to Jerusalem, the queen was sitting beside him. Back then, queens were monarchs in name only. Even though they didn’t have much influence or wield much power, perhaps there is something we can learn from Artaxerxes’ queen.
1. Artaxerxes’ queen was supportive. Now we don’t know for sure if she was 100% in agreement with her husband’s cupbearer going to Jerusalem, but I’m pretty sure she would have given him a piece of her mind if she wasn’t.
It pleased the king to send Nehemiah away. I’m sure it pleased the queen too.
When we see someone doing a good deed or when we see someone enabling someone else to do a good deed, as Artaxerxes was enabling Nehemiah to do, we should support them. We should affirm others in their goodness. Being supportive doesn’t always have to be shown with a pat on the back or the like. Being supportive can be shown in our presence, felt in our spirit.
Sometimes silence speaks louder than words.