Its the end of week 11, and this week we have been celebrating Purim in our Facebook Community – the celebration of God delivering the Jews from annihilation through Esther. Last week we saw Esther step up, overcome her fear and really turn to God in the midst of this difficult situation. This week she continues to prepare for and take the first steps in approaching the King in this verse:
“On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the sceptre.” Esther 5:1-2
Get ready spiritually before you get ready physically
How often do we get physically ready for things before we’ve even thought about praying about it? One big thing we can take from the story of Esther is to not rush into things, but to prepare from them spiritually before anything else. Esther starts putting on her robes in this week’s verse, but remember she has already spent 3 days praying and fasting, showing God he is most important in this situation, and getting wisdom from God on how to approach it. We don’t know what was revealed to her during that time, maybe God revealed which robes she should wear, or where/how she should stand to be noticed by the King. Even if God said nothing to her during that time, she knows that she has put him first and can approach this difficult meeting with confidence. Before even thinking about what to wear, she has dressed herself spiritually. Lets do the same .
Get ready physically for the answer to prayer
If Esther had gone in to see the King in her joggy bottoms, hair all greasy and slouching in a depressed fashion (which is probably how she felt) then what do you think the outcome would have been? What we expect to be the outcome to be, and if we believe that God will answer our prayers, affects how we are physically and how well we prepare. Esther believed God was going to answer her prayer, and so she dressed as a victor, in her royal robes, and she stood in the place where she could be seen. She didn’t hide in the corner, nervous about being seen, but put herself in the place where God could work through her.
How can you prepare better physically for the challenges you face to allow God to answer your prayers?
Remember who you are
This week, the phrase “put on her royal robes” has really stood out to me. Esther, at this point, hasn’t been to see the King for a long time. I imagine that the only time she needed to wear these robes was when she was with him, and the other times when she was just in the harem with her servants and eunuchs, she would wear other more simple clothes. Perhaps Esther has come to doubt if she really is Queen, or if she is any better than the concubines who the King doesn’t really care about. In order to face this difficult task, she has to remind herself of who she is. SHE IS THE QUEEN. Putting on her ROYAL ROBES reminds her of that – she steps into that identity and owns it.
Remember that you are the daughter of the king – how can you step in to that today and own that identity? Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves of who you truly are so that you can win the battle.
Remind others who you are
If Esther had just played dress up in the harem, wearing her royal robes and remembering she is Queen, but never let anyone else see that, then what use would it be? Esther had to step out of the harem and into the inner court so she was able to seen, and she was able to remind the King of who she was. We know from earlier in our studies that there was something different about the relationship between Esther and the King – he loved her. And yes, maybe kingly duties had distracted him and other things, but in order to see God’s plan come together Esther had to remind him that she is Queen and that he loves her. Only by stepping out in her royal robes and reminding him of who she was to him would she be able to get through to him. She couldn’t just sit and wait for him to remember, and equally she couldn’t march in and DEMAND that he respect her as Queen – she just had to subtly remind him and let God do the rest.
In this case it worked out – the King saw her and “was pleased with her” and extended the golden sceptre, saving her life and allowing her access to him. He remembered his love for her and who she was to him. In what ways can you remind people of who you are?
You may think that that is the hard part done – but there is still a lot more in the story of Esther to uncover. Join me over the next week in meditating on this verse:
“If the king regards me with favour and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfil my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king’s question.” Esther 5:8
I will be kicking off the week with a Facebook Live Discussion at 8pm on Monday evening, and would love for you to join me! Just head on over to the Facebook Community at 8pm.