One of my favorite books of the Bible is Esther because it tells of God’s sovereignty and how even in the midst of bad circumstances, God is still with us. It amazes me how strong of a woman Esther was and how courageous she was. She was willing to die for her people so that they could be saved from genocide. Now, that ladies, takes a very strong woman to be at peace with that knowledge.
We can learn a lot from the Book of Esther and from Esther herself. We can learn about true faith, staying true to who we are, strength, determination, and courage. Esther had all of these traits and so much more. She didn’t have all of these traits on her own though. She had these traits because she knew she served an all powerful God who wasn’t going to leave her side.
In the same way today, we can have faith, be true to who we are, have strength, be determined, and have courage because of God. Being married to a soldier takes real strength to be able to deal with what all the military throws at us. It takes faith to believe that everything is going to be okay one way or another. It takes determination to find joy when you’re alone more times than you’d like to be. It takes courage to be true to who you are, even if other military wives can’t stand you.
My Bible commentary says, “The book of Esther is an example of God’s divine guidance and care over our lives. God’s sovereignty and power are seen throughout this book. Although we may question certain circumstances in our lives, we must have faith that God is in control, working through both the pleasant and difficult times so that we can serve him effectively.”
If you are facing something today that has you so down that you can’t seem to see any good come of it, look to God to give you strength just like Esther did. God is always there with each of us, caring for us as He walks along side of us to help us through each day. Sometimes it may seem like God isn’t there with us because He is being silent or the circumstances seem too bad to bear, but just take comfort in the fact that it is in those times that God is the closest to us.
The book of Esther is the only book of the Bible that never mentions God, yet He is still so clearly seen among the scriptures. I believe God was silent during that time so that Esther could learn to truly depend on God in faith. It is hard to depend on God when He seems to not be there due to the silence. Trust me, I know that for a fact. The thing is though, even when God is silent, He is still working within our lives for our good.
Some of you may be thinking, “How can my situation have any good in it?” or you may be thinking, “I’ll never understand why me and my family are having to go through this” and to be honest, I’ve been there myself. It is normal to feel those ways when life throws us hardships and struggles. Those situations and struggles may be some of the ugliest things you’ve had to face, but there is always something to be learned from them.
Esther 4:14 says, “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement (relief), and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
This scripture tells us that God may have placed you right where you are for “such a time as this.” It means that your situation or where your life is at right now because of the military is because God allowed for it to be. You may be wondering why God would allow for your hardships to be going on right now and my answer to you is this:
God can use your situation to strengthen you, to change you, to bring something better to your life in His time, or to simply teach you to rely on Him more.
Just like Esther, our strength is not found within ourselves, it is found within God. We don’t ever have to face our battles or the stresses the military throws at us alone. Take comfort in knowing that God is ALWAYS with you.