When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:12-14 (NIV)
There is a short list of things I would like to accomplish in life and near the top is raising children who are prepared to do the will of God. Esther was raised to be more than a bauble on the arm of a pagan king. She was raised to be a daughter of Israel; being Queen was about location, not vocation. Esther was called to be a deliverer, an instrument in God’s hands to save His people.
I do not know where life will take my children, but I do know that decisions will come that will not be easy. They will have a choice between serving God and serving themselves. It is my responsibility to help prepare them for those moments. Day by day, my vision needs to be clearly focused on leading them towards Christ.
Mordecai had the right words at the right time, but he was calling to something that was already in Esther’s heart and mind. She had been raised to believe in her people; raised to be a Jew. When Mordecai tells her that she is in her place for a reason, it is not said in a vacuum. I can’t expect to wait until the moment of decision comes for one of my daughters to dispense some wisdom and expect it to act like a magic wand. Laying the foundation always gives them something to rely on.
Lord, help me to disciple my children to be Your children. Give me the wisdom to teach them all they need from me to live according to Your will. May I raise children who are prepared for the opportunities You will place in their path. Amen.