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How Esther Obtained Favor

August 18, 2011

Looking at Esther’s life is pretty remarkable.  She was had no chance to succeed because she was not basing her success on the system of the world, rather she was basing her hope on what the Lord would provide for her.

As you read through the bible one thing is striking; the world today is not that different that the world in biblical times.  Yes I know we have technology and many things are different, but the attitudes, emotions and motives of the world are just what they used to be.  Remember the world is ruled by the prince of darkness and the prince of darkness is very predictable in his ways.  So if our world is ruled by him and he is predictable then it will not shock us that our world is very similar to the way it used to be.

How so?

In the story of Esther the king had to pick a new queen and had the pick of the litter.  All of the women with the exception of Esther used everything at their disposal (in the world) to make themselves more attractive and appealing to the king.  They were using their own strength and the strength of the world to gain favor in the eyes of the king.  Esther however was different.  She requested nothing but what the king’s eunuch (custodian) advised.  The other women sound like what all almost all people in this world do; train and gain favor based on their efforts and what the world will give them.

And what was the results?

According to the Esther 2:17, “Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her,” and the king “loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen…”

Esther did not trust in her own efforts.  While the women tried to outdo one another by relying on their own efforts, Esther wisely submitted to the one person who would know the king’s preferences best, and the results speak for themselves.  Esther depended entirely upon the Lord’s unmerited favor.  Esther did not have to struggle.  When she rested in the Lord and humbled herself, the Lord promoted her and exalted her above all the other beautiful women.  God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.  Esther did not go along with the world, she did the opposite of the world.  And therefore she did not get the world’s favor, she received the Lord’s favor.  Which one do you want?

When you humble yourself and cease from your efforts to promote yourself, and depend on Jesus alone, the Lord Himself will be your promotion and increase.  Like Esther, you will stand out in a crowd and obtain grace and favor with God and man.  Also, because Esther was promoted to become the queen, she was in a favored position to protect all the Jewish people in the kingdom from being killed.  When the Lord promotes you, He gives you the influence to be a blessing to the people around you.  There are no coincidences, only God-incidents.  The Lord will bless you to be a blessing.

Now when the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his daughter, to go in to the king, she requested nothing but what Hegai the king’s eunuch, the custodian of the women, advised.  And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her.   —   Esther 2:15

When the Lord promotes you, He gives you the influence to be a blessing to the people around you!

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