Esther was content in her position, despite it being an undesirable one. Few of us would appreciate the humiliation of being forced into a harem, with the slim chance of becoming queen and the much more likely position of being a concubine or, secondary wife. Even if she had the “good fortune” of being selected as queen, it was as the wife of a heathen monarch who is not memorialized as a good man.
Esther must have known the circumstances which had led to her position as queen and I can only imagine she may have felt some apprehension (to say the least!) about being the wife of a man who did not exhibit a godly character! In spite the unpleasant circumstances, Esther found favor in the eyes of the official who was in charge of her. He provided attendants, special beauty preparations and the best place in the house.
Contentment is a highly-desirable virtue, according to the Scriptures … 1 Timothy 6:6 says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” In other passages we read, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5) and, “for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:” (Philippians 4:11).
It is a common temptation to grumble and complain about our circumstances, whether that is our home, our belongings, our family and so on. When we are discontent, it means we do not trust the Heavenly Father. We think that we know better than He does and that He made some mistake. This really is arrogance on our part, although we hardly like to think of it as that!
Instead of grumbling, complaining and wanting something different than what we have, we should practice being thankful and blessing those around us. Do you have the admiration and respect of your family? Do they think highly of you? If the answer is no, consider how you can change that.
Psalm 144:12 speaks of daughters as pillars or cornerstones in a palace. As cornerstones are required to provide support and stability in a building, we daughters have an important responsibility to provide support and stability in our homes and families. What are some ways that you can make your siblings feel loved and appreciated? How can you help and assist your parents? If you don’t like your home, think of some ways to make it more pleasant. Consider what it is you don’t like and if you able to change it. If you feel there is too little space, try de-cluttering and downsizing. If it is disorganized, start organizing!
A great way to practice contentment is to think of what you can be thankful for in circumstances that you find unpleasant. Take cues from Pollyanna and find something to be glad about in every situation. If you have difficulty in accepting your parents or siblings, look for qualities that you can respect and appreciate. If you don’t like your home or surroundings, surely there is something admirable to discover.
Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.” We should strive to be wise women who support our homes and families, not foolish ones who destroys the peace and joy in them. Being discontent is much easier than practicing contentment but let’s remember Esther’s example and purpose not just to find favor with our circumstances but that we would find favor with others.
In the next post we will look at another aspect of contentment, or the lack thereof.
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