Esther 2:5-8 Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite; (6) Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away. (7) And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter. (8) So it came to pass, when the king’s commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the king’s house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.
God has a plan for each of us. Here, we see how the King has made a mess of things. We see how he has wrecked his home and destroyed the life of his wife. This king has stripped her of her husband and her royalty. The life she knew has been destroyed. Now the king is looking for something to fill the void in his life. He will be looking for a new wife. Where will she come from? Who will she be? Meanwhile, a series of events is about to unfold in a wonderfully amazing way.
As all this is happening, a young maid by the name of Hadassah is living her life, minding her own business. Suddenly, it seems as though her life is spinning out of control. Everything around her is coming apart. The world she knows is changing rapidly, and perhaps changing for the worse. What will happen to her? Will she become the next queen or will she be cast away to be a concubine?
Often, we are faced with decisions, but it seems as though there is no good choice. Sometimes, it seems as though any choice we make will be the wrong one. Perhaps it even seems as though we are completely out of control. Are we little more than a pawn about to be sacrificed on a life-sized chess board? No. We are God’s children. We may not understand the plan, but we must realize that God is in control, just as God was in control of this situation.
Esther 2:9-11 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her, out of the king’s house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house of the women. (10) Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew it. (11) And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women’s house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.
Sometimes, we do not understand what God is doing with us or in our lives. We may not even realize that God IS doing something with us. However, we must always remember that God is in control. Even in Esther’s case.Esther did not realize that God was working out a miracle through her – a miracle which would save a countless number of people. Neither she nor Mordecai knew what was going to happen, but they did trust God. Little did they realize how great of a miracle was about to happen because they trusted God.