#17 Women of God: Esther
Little girls are born to be mothers. Almost as soon as they can walk they are cuddling dolls. As they grow up they play at being married – my youngest daughters dressed our ever-patient Rottweiler as the eligible groom. Little girls have dreams!
So Esther was born but her dreams were never to be realised. No falling in love with her soul mate. No courtship. No marrying someone from her culture. No marriage equality. As a teenager she was swiftly recruited into the harem of the Gentile king, purely because she was beautiful.
She was compliant with all that was asked of her and her sweet disposition eventually saw her elevated to the status of queen. She went on to have an entire book written about her speaking out against wickedness leading eventually to her recognition and honour in Persia – it makes good reading.
Throughout the Bible, God has used other individuals to speak out against wickedness. Jeremiah, the prophet, spoke out against the wickedness of Israel and was imprisoned. The invading Babylonians released Jeremiah, and showed him great kindness, allowing him to choose the place of his residence. Another life-story that makes good reading!
Jesus spoke out against our wickedness by dying for us on the cross. All He asks is that you believe in Him: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17 NKJV).
Unlike Esther you aren’t being forced into being compliant. You are not being asked to save anyone else. You don’t have to suffer painful imprisonment like Jeremiah. All you need to do is recognise your own sinfulness and ask the Saviour to save you. That’s the step that will see dreams fulfilled.