“Now when the turn came for each young woman to go in to King Ahasuerus, after being twelve months under the regulations for the women, since this was the regular period of their beautifying, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with spices and ointments for women—when the young woman went in to the king in this way, she was given whatever she desired to take with her from the harem to the king’s palace.”
I was thinking this week about Esther’s preparation to see King Ahasuerus for the first time, and two thoughts occurred to me about how God orchestrated this situation:
1. God led her through the process of getting ready.
Once Esther was chosen to be part of the harem, she spent a whole year getting spa treatments and basically getting “beautified” (is that even a word?) for that one moment when the King would lay eyes on her. Though she was already beautiful, time was needed to smooth out any roughness and to purify her. It doesn’t say that Esther grew impatient along the way, though. She accepted the timetable, understood the value of all the steps, and trusted God’s plan.
2. God provided her help to get ready.
Lovely as Esther was, she probably would not have reached this place on her own. But there were many people along the way who played a part in her success with Ahasuerus. She had been raised by her uncle Mordecai, who taught her humility and wisdom, as well as respect for their faith. Later, as part of the King’s harem, she received the oils, ointments and spices from the court staff. The harem eunich Haggai watched over her daily welfare, and the King’s eunich Shaashgaz advised her on what to bring to the King. All the way through, God provided people and resources, and granted her favor.
In Ester 4:14, Mordecai told her “who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” But in order to be in that place, Ester had to be willing and obedient to God’s Will.
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