Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.
So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which [is] the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.
You know, our God is so good to us. He brings blessings into our lives that we might not even recognize today. But next year, one day you'll realize how He blessed you in a specific way that makes your way easier at that time.
Think about Esther. She might have felt that her life was being wasted in that palace. Maybe she had a sweetheart that she had to leave behind. You know she must have had dreams of being a Jewish mama and carrying out the traditions of her people and her God.
She had to leave all that behind, and joyfully do the job that God had entrusted to her: being the wife of a heathen king!
She made great sacrifices to do God's will. Remember she had gone to the palace as a virgin. But at the appointed time, she was in position, and had apparently been a very good wife to the king; because God knew the king would grant her whatever petition she asked of him.
She was able to save her entire race, because she was faithful and obedient to the task God gave her.
We have no idea what God will bring into our life this very day that may mean the difference between life and death next month…or next year!
Let's be faithful to the tasks God gives us today. Who knows, we may receive a blessing today due to our faithfulness in the past! Wouldn't that encouraging?
There is hope in obedience – even when it doesn't make sense today!