Monday, February 18, 2013

Being Cared-For (Featured Devotion)

Day 25


Being Cared-For

Esther 2:7

And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncles’ daughter, for she had neither father nor mother.  The young woman was lovely and beautiful.  When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.

Raising little girls to one day become women of God is a challenging proposition today because the culture emphasizes the number of friends the “like” on social media, their position or status, and their physical appearance.  This sad commentary on the values our society is propagating is shocking, but it provides a reminder of how important it is for all young women to have a godly role model who emphasizes their true worth and importance in the sight of God.

The story of Esther shows a beautiful orphaned young woman who did have someone who watched and cared for her, providing the protection of a home until she was chosen to be in King Ahasuerus’ household; and even then offering wise spiritual counsel and comfort to her.  Mordecai, her cousin, adopted Esther, “as his own daughter” when she became orphaned.  This imagery is not lost on us today that our heavenly Father watches over us even when we feel we are all alone and facing difficult challenges in our lives.  He goes before us offering direction and protection.

Recommended Reading: Titus 2:11-14


I trust in God, I know He cares for me, upon the land, or on the rolling sea, tho’ billows roll, He keeps my soul, my heav’nly Father watches over me.

William C. Martin

From: “Turning Points” Magazine and Devotional
Turning Points