Esther 2:7 “He was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had no father or mother. Now the young lady was beautiful of form and face, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.”
Every time I look at a room of children, I wonder what will become of them. I wonder how many of them will become doctors or lawyers or preachers. How many will marry and have children? Will one of them grow up and find a cure for a horrible disease? You just never know the potential that lies in the room.
Mordecai adopted his first cousin, Hadassah (Esther), because her parents were dead. He had no idea when he did that she would eventually be chosen as the queen to Ahasuerus. He had no idea that a threat to kill all the Jews would be imposed. He had no idea Esther would be used by God to rescue His people. You see, you just never know.
Your children have such hidden potential. I know sometimes you wonder if you are going to survive their child rearing. You will, and you will be amazed how they will turn out. But the secret to child raising has nothing to do with you. It’s all up to the Lord. You have to allow Him to have them. Turn them over to Him and allow Him to teach them.
Your little Johnny may grow up and be a great evangelist. Susie may be a missionary to an unreached tribal group. Whatever they turn out to be and however God chooses to use them, you need to prepare them for service. I am sure Mordecai raised Esther in such a way that she was worthy to be chosen as queen. Just do your part.
Did you know God wants to use you every day? He does. But He can’t unless you are willing to be used. God doesn’t force us. He desires us to surrender to His Will. Let Him use you today to shape the lives of your children and others toward service to Him.