One day I’m going to write that story about the little girl Esther, who became a Queen. The way there involved being kidnapped and kept away from her family and loved ones, in a strange household and at the end of it some older man, the king, was going to have sex with her. (Esther 2:1-18)
It must have been awful even though the records do not show that, I’m just imagining.
But she spent that year in seeming luxury. It might not have seemed that way to her, but she was cared for, had beauty treatments, ate well, dressed well and was liked by the Headmaster, Hegai (a eunuch, meaning a man who had his sexual organs removed. O.K. they were kinda ruthless back then).
Sometimes God allows us to be in horrible situations. But it seems Esther remained loyal to her God, Yahweh, the Lord God Almighty and even though she may not have liked this, she stayed.
The story I wanted to write was a view of, what if Esther had refused to stay in that circumstance. Well, obviously she would have missed the opportunity to be Queen, as the King ended up crowning her because he fell in love with her. She would have missed the opportunity to save her people from being killed off. I mean God would have found another saviour, but she would have missed out and we would have missed out on her.
Many of us are in difficult situations. Look full into Jesus wonderful face and see if it is He who has orchestrated this turn in your life. Ask Him as you fix your eyes on Him, why you are there. If you find out it is of Him, be sure like Him, you can endure this for the joy set before you. For if you do not grow weary and give up you will reap a harvest! (Galatians 6:9).