What if your grandchild is a girl? Can you still find encouragement from the Bible? Esther’s story has long been one of my favorites.
She won a beauty contest she didn’t even want to enter. Her family, all except one uncle, Mordecai, died when Esther was still very young. As a teen, she was snatched in kidnap fashion and taken into what could have amounted to sex slavery. But by the providence of God—and her uncle’s prayers—she was kept from life as a mere toy and turned her unique position into salvation for her race.
Was she still given to a man she didn’t know to be used sexually? Yes. But God turned the king’s heart to kindness toward her. And He kept her from bitterness so that He could accomplish His plan for the Hebrew people.
Why was Esther able to maintain her dignity and composure? Because she grew up under the influence of her uncle. He taught her, and encouraged her through creative visits, to trust in God.
If your grandchild suffers unimaginable wrongs, and you aren’t allowed to visit, take hope from Esther’s story. Think outside the box to discover possible avenues for communication with her, and never stop praying for her.
Just when it seems all hope is lost—that’s often when God comes through. When you feel like surrendering to despair, read Esther 9:31-32 and 10:1-3.
Several common threads of truth run through these stories that we can hold onto.
- Each of the young people were taught to love the Lord as small children and they never forgot it. Whatever we do to enhance our grandchildren’s grounding in faith will matter in their future.
- God had a plan from the very beginning. Nothing caught Him off-guard or by surprise. We can trust Him to have a plan for our grandchildren that no disastrous events can derail.
- God used impossible-seeming circumstances for the good of individuals and their societies. Sometimes the worst things result in the best outcomes. One of my sons has developed a talk for training business associates in which he describes how his worst day turned him toward his best future. God is the expert at this kind of transformation.
- Just because we trust God to work all things out for His good purposes as Romans 8:28 assures us, doesn’t mean we won’t suffer pain and anguish in the process.
- Even if we don’t live to see the good results, we can still trust that God will bring them about. Seeing is not believing. Believing helps us see through present darkness to a brighter future.
These are only a few of the biblical characters whose life stories can help us hang on when our grandchildren’s lives seem chaotic. There may be no greater need for grandparents than God’s promises when the lives of our grandkids are at stake.
So take heart, and read carefully—you never know when you might discover another Biblical person who inspires you with hope.
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