Trusting the Helper
“When the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abilhail the uncle of Mordecai, who had take her as his own daughter, to go in to the king, she asked for nothing except what Hegai the king’s eunuch who had charge of the women advised” (Esther 2.15 ESV).
After a year of preparation, it was finally time for Esther to present herself before the king. She had one shot to stand out above all the other young ladies to win the king’s heart and be the next queen. However, a little subtle test stood between her and the throne. Before each lady went before the king, she was allowed to take anything from the palace treasury with her, as her own reward and possession. Instead of acting on her own instincts, Esther wisely relied on the suggestion of the king’s eunuch, Hegai. Esther could have grabbed for herself treasure to her hearts content, but she would have undoubtedly passed up the prize of being queen and obtaining the influence that saved her people, the nation that birthed our Messiah and King. Many times God asks us to give up the chance to lay hold of certain immediate treasures because He has a bigger and better prize in store for us. The prize will not only greatly exceed the other treasures we denied ourselves, but it will also allow us to have great and eternal influence in the everlasting Kingdom of God. Before we are enticed by the quick or easy road to our destiny, we need to ask our guide, the Holy Spirit, for His guidance and expertise. He will help direct us away from our selfish desires and ensure that we stay on the path that leads to God’s best in our lives.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6.19-21 NIV).