Advent Devotional: Faith-Family Tree {Niece}

‘And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?’ (Esther 4:14 NASB).

Just twenty short days ago my sister had another baby and I gained a precious and adorable niece! 

Unfortunately, my sister’s family lives too far away for a quick visit, but I look forward to meeting the new little addition to our family soon!

I can’t wait to look into her precious little eyes and tell her how much God loves her, adores her, and how He has an amazing plan for her life.

I praise God for creating her so perfectly.  One look at her and it is obvious she is fearfully and wonderfully made. 

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well (Psalm 139:13-14 NASB).

When I think of my sister or brother’s children, I think of them as my own. I love each one of them as my own, I adore them as my own, and I pray for them as if they were my own children.

Which is why I read the story of Esther, I admire Mordecai for taking in his uncle’s daughter, Esther. I’m sure that he loved his family member as his own.

Today’s Scripture:

Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai who had taken her as his daughter, came to go in to the king, she did not request anything except what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the women, advised. And Esther found favor in the eyes of all who saw her (Esther 2:15 NASB).

But Esther had kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai’s instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up (Esther 2:20 NIV).

‘And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?’ (Esther 4:14 NASB).

Today’s Snapshot: Niece 

As a young girl, I remember celebrating the holiday of Purim by stomping my feet loudly and fiercely shaking noisemakers when the name Haman was heard while reading the story of Esther at synagogue.

Queen Esther’s story is another “snapshot” of God’s “big picture.”

God does not use obvious people to carry out His plans.  His ways are better and higher than ours and His purpose is sometimes easier to see when we look backward in time. Many people call this “Hindsight 20/20.”

Esther, a young Jewish girl, was chosen to fill the shoes of Queen Vashti who was dismissed from the royal throne. The king did not know of Esther’s Jewish heritage when she was chosen out of the many beautiful women to become his new queen.

When the Hebrew nation was threatened to be destroyed, Esther’s royal position allowed for her to be in the perfect place at the perfect time to carry out God’s purpose for His chosen people. Only the king’s wife could change the king’s heart in one pivotal moment of time.

Esther’s placement in the Persian palace allowed for the entire Hebrew nation to be perfectly preserved, and for God to send a baby through them in His perfect timing to a world that was broken and hurting and needed a Savior.

Family Discussion:
~ Do you have a niece or a nephew, or cousin whom you adore?
~ Have you ever been in the perfect place at the perfect time to see God’s purpose work through you?
~ How can you apply “Hindsight 20/20” to your own life?

Isn’t it awesome to witness how much work God does behind the scenes to prepare the way for the birth of the newborn King? Joy to the World! The Lord is Come! Let Earth Receive Her King!!

Closing Prayer:
Dear Lord,
I praise You for Your perfect timing and placement of Your people in order for Your plan to prevail. I love looking back and seeing Your fingerprints on the lives of the specific people in the lineage of Jesus Christ all the way to the people in my life whom You strategically placed to lead me to Christ. Thank You for the precious silent night over two thousand years ago when the new baby was born to save the world.
In the Precious Name of Jesus, I pray,
Amen

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