As you know, we are studying the book of Esther in Hermanas en Cristo. We continue to be in amazement and awe of how God used a 14 year old girl for such an important task. What continues to come up in our weekly study is her character.
We have all agreed that she is patient, obedient, and wise beyond her years. In Chapter 7, THIS was truly her “time such as this” moment. We talked about how it was crucial that her words were perfect. If she said the wrong thing, it could be the death of her. If she spoke the correct words, she would save her Jewish people. We know one thing…
She did not speak before she had prayed about it AND waited for God’s voice.
I asked the women to share any experience they had had in which they prayed before speaking to someone about an important matter, or an experience in which that didn’t pray before speaking to someone. Also, what was the outcome?
One of the women told a story about how she needed to talk to her husband about something important so she prayed about it. She, then, went to talk to him, and things went horrible wrong. They ended up in a huge argument. She was so confused so we went back to God and said “God, I prayed about this before talking to him. Why did it end like this?” She laughed and said that she heard God say,
“Yes, you prayed to me but you did not wait for my answer!”
Oh my goodness! What an wonderful example and reminder to us all!
We all need to let Esther be an example to us. She prays, waits, and LISTENS to God before speaking. She allowed God to prepare her mind and heart, while He also prepared the path, minds, and hearts of those in His great plan. When He wants to use us for His purpose, He also wants us to know that it is in HIS strength, knowledge, and wisdom, not ours!
I don’t know about you, but I needed to hear this!