Powered by 4 - June 8, 2016

Intentionally Teachable

Today's reading: Esther 2:1-18

Yesterday we met Esther and familiarized ourselves with this pretty amazing young woman. But before shifting our focus to another key player in this Book, Mordecai (who we'll look at tomorrow), I thought it would be a good use of our time to spend one more day on Esther. There were a number of things that stood out to me about Esther, but one particular thing caught my attention the first time I read through this chapter and kept drawing my attention each of the several times I read the passage over. In verse 15 we see these words about Esther when it was her turn to go to the king.

"When the turn came for Esther...to go in to the king, she asked for nothing except what Hegai the king's eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised."

For me, this verse revealed that Esther was mature beyond her years. She fully understood that she was in a foreign environment and needed help. How wise that rather than devising her own plan—full of beautiful, glitzy clothing, professionally applied makeup and perhaps some pre-planned witty conversation to attract the king-she relied on her caretaker, Hegai, to guide and direct her. Esther kept her eyes on God. She didn't allow herself to get caught up in what was taking place around her, and as a result, her humble, authentic and obedient heart shined through for all to observe.

Why is being open to teaching and advice from others important? Is it your practice to look for opportunities to learn from others? What role does humility play in being teachable? Tami

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