ESTHER: PEOPLE PLEASING MEETS DIVINE PURPOSE { DAY 9 }

 

ESTHER: PEOPLE PLEASING MEETS DIVINE PURPOSE { DAY 9 }

READ: Esther 7: 1-10, NKJV

“If I have found favor, O king, and if it pleases you the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.” {Esther 7:3, NKJV}

Have you ever felt stuck in a season of asking God for something that seemed impossible and out of reach?

Sometimes we have a hard time making our needs known because we are not ready to admit there is a problem.

When it comes to our prayerful petitions, it’s easy to miss God’s will because we are blinded by our own.

The plot thickens as we move into a pivotal place in the life of Esther and her people. She has listened to wise counsel, followed plans, and waited for the right moment. Lavish favor was hers, not for the taking, but for the asking. This is Esther’s “for such a time as this” moment of petitioning her King and risking her life for something bigger than herself.

I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to ask for things that I need from the people in my life. But, right here we get a front row seat to Esther’s moment of gutsy asking:

“What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request, up to half of the kingdom? It shall be done!” { Esther 7:2 }

What speaks to me in this passage of scripture is just how much the king wanted his queen to “ask” with the knowledge that he was ready and more than willing to make it happen for her.

Queen Esther didn’t want fortune; she wanted life for herself and her people. Her mission was clear and her focus was on the future, not on her “right now.”

To represent her petition, Esther had to point out her problem.

In verse 6, Esther pointed to her problem and revealed the enemy standing in her presence. In a moment where fear could have overshadowed her, divine destiny propelled her forward. Yet, before Esther petitioned her king her words reflected this thought…but, not my will but yours.  { Luke 22:42 }

If it pleases you.

“If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.” { Esther 7:3 }

I believe Esther’s favor was because of her pure heart and desire to please her king.

Esther character as a people pleaser collided with her divine purpose of speaking up for her people who needed a voice and advocate. It’s easy to drown in a sea of people pleasing, but seeking God instead of the approval of others will rescue us.

Our desire to please God above all else will steer us in the divine direction of God’s unique purpose for our lives.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” { Matthew 6:10 }

Believe it! Trust it! Live it!REFLECT: 
  • Do you find yourself drowning in a sea of people pleasing and need God to give you clarity?
  • Is it hard for you to believe your Heavenly King wants to answer your prayers? Our God wants us to ask expectantly. { James 4:2 }
  • Are you ready to seek God’s will over your own?
PRAYER:

Lord, Teach us to proceed our petitioning of you with a true heart that your perfect will be done in our lives. Teach us how to ask of you expectantly and give us strength to wait when we feel like your provision has been delayed. Give us brave words that speak up for those who need a voice and advocate in a broken world. We praise you for your favor as your children and that your heavenly kingdom is our ultimate destiny and reward. Give us grace for the waiting and faith stronger than our fears. ~ Amen

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Jennifer Watson
Jennifer Watson
Jennifer Watson is a writer, youth minister, pastor’s wife, mother of two, and typical lipstick loving Southern girl. Jennifer has been in ministry for seventeen years and loves to speak at women’s retreats and special events. She likes her tea hot and sweet with lots of sugar and cream.

3 Comments

  1. I don’t tend to use specifics when talking to God. It’s crazy. He knows my every thought. I feel like a bother when I bring him my needs. Recently, I realized he knows my every need specifically and before I do. It helped to change my prayers. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Heather says:

    Great post! I have totally been there.

    • BethAnn says:

      Hey Heather! Me too! I loved today’s encouragement from Jennifer to seek to please God over people pleasing. So good and something I constantly have to work at. Have a great day, Heather!! Thanks for sharing with us!

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