As a follow up to yesterday’s blog I thought I share with you a little nugget I got from reading Esther’s story this past week. Esther is an incredible example of a woman who knew who she was and used every bit of it to fulfill God’s purpose in her life.
King Xerxes was looking for a new queen. Esther was chosen along with many others to be pampered and beautified for a whole year and then presented to the king one by one for him to choose his new bride from the group of beautiful women.
So there is this group of women of which Esther was one, all vying for the same position of queen. And here’s how it went…
Thus prepared, each young woman went to the king, and she was given whatever she desired to take with her from the women’s quarters to the king’s palace.15 Now when the turn came for Esther to go in to the king, she requested nothing but what the custodian of the women, advised. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her. Esther 4:17 (edited)
I bolded and underlined the part that leapt off the page when I was reading this the other day. Esther knew something that each of us need to know. SHE WAS ENOUGH.
She didn’t need to load herself up with things to make her feel better about herself. She didn’t need to add to what she already had. She operated from a quiet confidence that she was enough and as you will see in the next verse it won her favor and she was crowned queen.
Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen… Esther 4:17
The book of Esther is all about God’s providence although interestingly God’s name is not even mentioned in it. However, it is clear that God called Esther to a position of power so that she could influence the king and save her people from genocide.
God positioned her to fulfill His purpose through her.
Here’s what I tend to do when God calls me to do something – see if you can relate.
First, I look at what I think it requires. Then, I look at myself, my capabilities and I immediately conclude that I need to add something in order to fulfill the task….maybe I should go to school because I don’t have enough education. I think to myself…if only I had certain connections or more money I could get started. If only I was more talented… and then I have to stop and realize what Esther realized.
If God has called me to a position then He knows that I am capable. All I need to bring is myself and He will equip me to fulfill His purpose for my life. What a relief! I can stop spinning myself in circles trying to measure up!
Of course we can always learn more and hone our skills and make new connections and find new ways of doing things but we must operate from the core knowledge that we alone are enough.
What have you been waiting to start because you thought you needed something more? You already have what you need – YOU!
And you are enough! Walk boldly and confidently towards your destiny.
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