Devos this week are based on readings and personal insights from the Book of Esther
I believe we can learn so much from Esther’s story. I am so excited to share this young, Jewish, orphan girl’s story with all of you!! First, Let me introduce you to Hadassah. She was a young Jewish girl. Her parents died and therefore she became an orphan. She was living in Susa, a Hebrew community and was being raised by her Jewish cousin Mordecai.
Hadassah was her Jewish name, the name given to her at birth by her parents. Her name was changed to Esther to hide her identity and protect her.
We are told in Esther 2:7 that this young woman had a lovely figure and was beautiful. She was chosen to be part of the harem of King Xerxes, who was in search of a new queen. Esther was placed in the care of Hegai, who found favor in her. She went through an entire year of beauty treatments. Hegai took great care of Esther, providing her with extra beauty treatments and the best food. Hegai assigned her seven attendants from the king’s palace and moved her and the attendants to the head of the rest of the harem.
When it became her turn to go before the king, Esther did as she had been instructed by her cousin and Hegai. She stayed focused on her assignment. Because of this, Esther was crowned the Queen.
Do you ever wonder why someone (perhaps yourself) must endure so many trials? Do you ever wonder if it really does pay off to do the “right thing”? I’d like to encourage you to let this young girl inspire you today. Esther was young, with no one to guide her but her older male cousin. She trusted him, listened to him and obeyed his instruction. She went to the palace not knowing what to expect, yet she trusted, listened and obeyed again to the instruction of Hegai, a complete stranger.
Life is often not what we expect it to be…BUT because of God’s promises we can trust in the plans He has for us. (Jeremiah 29:11)
“Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh nor a tear can abide while we trust and obey…Trust and obey, for there’s no other way…”
Today we think of the high school graduates who are going off to college. We thank You for reminding us that we can always trust You. Father, we ask that You remind each college student that even though they may be far from home, in the company of complete strangers, You are right there with them! Remind them of Your Word to help them make decisions and guide their steps. Keep them safe and focused on the plans You have for them. In Jesus name, Amen