“And Mordecai had brought Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.” Esther 2:7
Nearly four years had passed since the king deposed Queen Vashti. During those four years the king was humiliated in battle. When he returned from battle beaten and lonely, he was in need of human touch and missed Queen Vashti. This concerned the king’s counselors because they were the ones who encouraged the king to depose her. So they suggested the king should have all the young virgins in the kingdom gathered up so he could choose one to be his wife. Esther would end up being in this group.
Esther was Mordecai’s cousin and adopted daughter. Her Persian name “Esther” means “star” and her Hebrew name “Hadassah” means “myrtle.” It was interesting to learn that the myrtle tree bears a flower that looks like a star. Esther was a very beautiful young virgin that would end up winning the heart of the king.
The first question that came to my mind was: “Why on earth would Mordecai allow this to happen to his daughter?” Would you allow this to happen to your daughter? As I pondered this problem I was reminded of what is written in Daniel 4:35: “He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. Not one can hold back His hand or say to Him: ‘What have You done?’”
I can’t count the number of times I’ve asked the “why” question. Why would God allow this or that? Have you ever asked that question? Maybe you are in a situation today that is causing you to ask one of those daunting “why” questions. If so, pray to the Lord: “Lord, grant me the faith to believe You truly hold everything in Your hand and let that truth comfort me within.” Charles Spurgeon said, “There is no attribute of God more comforting to His children than the doctrine of divine sovereignty.”
You will not want to miss the rest of the amazing story found in Esther 2 as we gather together on Wednesday night at 6:30pm at Jorge & Perla’s house. God bless you all and hope to see you there!