Do you feel like God is calling you right now for something very specific? A new business? A new job? To live in a new city or nation? To be involved in this or that? Or maybe to stay where you are? I found some old (2012) blog of mine that can help. It’s taken from the book of Esther, and it’s a five-part blog series. Let me share with you the first one in this post.
I’ve been reading the book of Esther lately. I’ve read it so many times before but I’m learning so much until now. I want to share my notes part by part so that people like me who don’t like reading so much can follow. ? First up, a glimpse of Esther’s character.
(Paraphrased, summarized, and interrupted with my observations!) 2:10, 2:20 Esther obeyed Mordecai from her young age to date 2:12 Esther completed 12 months of preparation 2:15 Esther heeded the advice of Hegai 4:11 Esther was careful, seems deliberative
Esther exuded true humility and respect for elders. She did not have a problem submitting to authority and heeding advice, nor going through preparation even when she was already competent.
2:9 Esther pleased Hegai, the eunuch, and won his favor, gave special food, best place in the harem 2:15 Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her 2:17 Esther won the king’s favor and approval more than any of the other women, made her queen
As a result of her character, she found favor in the eyes of everyone and was promoted to be queen.
Do I exude humility and respect for people? Do I have issues submitting to authority, or subjecting myself to training? What about to trainings in the areas of my strengths? Whether in my strengths or weaknesses, I have room to improve. And the only reason to improve is to be better prepared and equipped for all that God has in store for me. I want to be ready. I choose to be ready. I pray for humility, humility, more humility, constant sharpening, and even more humility. What was Esther called to do? Read next: Esther’s challenge.
I am the author of the book, When God Could’ve But He Didn’t. I am the happy wife of my happy husband, Pao. As I write this, both of us are happily hoping for at least two more children.