To allow His will to direct my choices. To make His purpose my purpose.
If you're not familiar with the story of Esther, Esther is the Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus, chosen for her great beauty. She's a heroine and a shining example of what a woman, willing to be used of God, can accomplish for His kingdom.
The king's advisor, Haman, was offended by Esther's cousin, Mordecai. Haman seeks permission from the king to have all the Jews in the kingdom annihilated. And he gets that permission. Esther, on the other hand, being willing to be used of God and not to be silent, is their salvation. The king loved and respected Esther, and he listened to her plea. Instead of her people the Jews being killed, Haman their enemy is put to death. Ironically, he lost his life on a gallows he built for Mordecai.
Esther was created for such a time as this. And so were you! You were created for this time, for this life. Created by God to be used for His purpose. He has a purpose for your story.
You might not understand His plan today but as Peter writes, being called to "unity, sympathy, love, tender hearts, humble minds" is without a doubt part of it.
I love these 10 lessons we can learn from Esther. Numbers 1, 9, and 10 are most meaningful to me. God uses ordinary people like you and I. Esther has influenced and empowered generations of women. You and I were created for such a time as this! Which ones speak to you?
1/11/2021 08:21:02 am
Ellen, I LOVE Esther's story!!! In my book, she's right up there with the Proverbs 31 Woman and the Titus 2 Woman. So much we can learn from her character, choices, and actions.
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