Powered by 4 - June 16, 2016

Thursday, June 16

Wise In Planning

Today's reading: Esther 5:1-8

I spent a good bit of time this morning considering the way Esther chose to handle the crisis situation she encountered. The big thing that stood out to me was that Esther was a planner. Rather than reacting emotionally and drawing on her own strength when she finds out about the king’s edict, she considers the situation and turns to God for guidance, and the result is a God-directed plan that saves the Jews from annihilation.

Esther's God-directed plan begins to unfold in verses 1-8, and although we only see a small portion of the plan at this point, there are plenty of lessons and examples for us to draw on in these verses. Here are a couple of things that caught my attention—that once Esther's fasting was complete she took immediate action with her plan, and that she kept her emotions in check so that there was no drama. Now there were a bunch of other things I noticed about Esther's plan (I actually made a list and it ended up being pretty lengthy) but I'm not going to list them all so that you can discover even more.

What did you notice or learn from Esther's example that you might use the next time you need to navigate a difficult situation? What one wise thing really stood out to you that Esther did, or didn't do, in this touchy and dangerous situation? Tami

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