Esther was very beautiful according to the Word of God, but a couple of things caught my attention beyond her beauty as I began to delve into her life. Every time she turned around she was being blessed beyond measure with favor. I believe she walked in the favor of God first and foremost and when others came in contact with her it could not be denied. The favor of God will make even the most unlikely person bless you. Hallelujah! Ok, ladies I am sure Esther was being shall we say ‘hated on’ as she was held in high esteem by the king’s top eunuch as she went through all of her beauty treatments and customs. Can you imagine the angst some of the other ladies had against her? How they whispered behind her back or even talked mess to her face? Oh my stars! I can just imagine the tongue wagging and finger pointing that went on. Remember, these ladies had to spend twelve months together preparing for the king. How do you think she handled it?
The definition of favor is an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual.
Esther listened to the counsel of her uncle as he raised her. When he would give her advice she heeded it. This girl had it going on physically, but deep down inside she was also such a phenomenal woman! She never forgot how she was raised and who raised her. The favor blossoming in her life was the product of the character sown deep in her heart. She was reaping in the natural from her supernatural seed. Amazing!
…for Esther did what Mordecai told her just as when she was under his care. Esther 2:20 AMP
Even when she was chosen as queen her uncle would still come around to make sure she was living by a certain standard and upholding the values he raised her upon. They had a relationship that flourished. I was so impressed with her as I studied the first couple of chapters of this book. Personally, my parents were not always involved in my life, but I had awesome pastors who took me in as their own. Growing up I watched them when they were at church, out in public, and in their household. They were always the same (steady/constant) and that resonated deeply in my little nine year old heart. I learned the value of character. I believe Esther’s character was unmatched and this is what caused her to stand out and be showered with favor.
Now the young woman pleased Hegai and found favor with him. So he quickly provided her with beauty preparations and her food, and he gave her seven choice maids from the king’s palace; then he transferred her and her maids to the best place in the harem. Esther 2:9 AMP
…when her turn came to go in to the king, she requested nothing except what Hegai the king’s eunuch advised. And Esther found favor in the sight of all who saw her. Esther 2:15 AMP
Now the king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she found favor and kindness with him more than all the other virgins… Esther 2:17 AMP
She remained steadfast in character. Sometimes, it is hard for us as women to just enjoy the differences and beauty in each other. Instead, a lot of us are quite catty. When your fellow friend is winning at life you should be championing her along! You know why? Because, if God can do it for her, He can surely do the same for you! He is not a respecter of persons. Believe it or not he actually wants to bless you and see you walking in favor. It is so much easier to enjoy life’s ups and downs with your fellow sisters by your side.
We were never meant to be caught up with vanity and to be self absorbed. It is totally ok to enjoy being beautiful, but just make sure you’re checking your heart every once in a while. Don’t get so caught up with the outside (physical) that you neglect the inside (heart). Ladies, we need each other! I need you! Not once, with all the beauty treatments and favor did I read anything about Esther becoming high and mighty. She was always humble and respected those around her. I want my character to be so luminous it draws others to me. Let’s face it a pretty face will catch an eye, but deep down what is inside is ultimately what catches a heart!
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