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Where are Today's Esthers (and Lesters)?
by Ps. Bill on October 29th, 2014

If you know the story of Esther you are confronted with the conversation between her uncle Mordecai and Esther concerning the edict put forth by the king in which all the Jews could have been annihilated.  Esther was the current queen and Mordecai was pleading with her to go before the king and to speak on behalf of her people.  She was reluctant, as it could cost her life.  Mordecai responds with these words, 4:14  "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?"    

I was thinking about this as I was pondering the sorry state of marriages in our churches.  Gary Thomas wrote a great book that every couple should read, Sacred Marriage, What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?  When I think of his premise and then think of Esther (and even Abigail, 1 Sam. 25) I am saddened by the way our current Esther and Lester’s abandon relationship because of the difficulties with their spouse instead of seeing them as an opportunity to come together to help each other grow in Christ.  Perhaps God allowed you to enter into this relationship for such a time as this.

Some may say, but you have not had to live with my spouse.  Look at Abigail in 1 Sam 25, she is married to a man named Nabal.  Nabal is described as a harsh and evil man in his dealings.  I can’t imagine that he was much different in regards to Abigail.  In the account, Nabal refused to give David and his men any of his surplus food or water so that David’s men could be nourished.  David gathers up men to kill Nabal and his house.  A servant tells Abigail, in fact the words of the servant concerning his master are “he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him.”  In today’s world Abigail would have packed up and left, seeing an opportunity to escape this oppressive and wicked man.  But look at Abigail’s response, she packs bread, wine and mutton to send to David to ward off the coming disaster and death of her husband.  

When Abigail comes to David she pleads for Nabal’s life while calling him a worthless man who is steeped in folly, yet calls him her lord.  She knows her husbands weaknesses yet she asks that his life be spared.  She, like Esther, is a woman of courage who is willing to stand up for her husband.  We know how the stories end, Esther spares her country men by getting her husband the king to see his folly, and Abigail winds up as one of David’s wives after the Lord strikes down Nabal because of his arrogant pride.  Both women acted to protect their spouse from their foolish decisions, both women wind up in the annuls of God’s Word.  In one case the husbands heart is turned to the wife, in the other case the husbands heart becomes cold and callous.  But both women were committed to the relationship, even though the way they entered into that relationship is a lot different than we do today.

How we need men and women who will follow the example of these two women who were in difficult relationships.  When we think we have it so bad, we need to remember that God does not make mistakes.  He allows us into relationships with others not to be hurt but to call each other to holiness, to be helpmates.  Of course this is a lot easier when the two are working at it together, but we always need to remember that we may be in that other persons life for such a time as this.  

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