Do you believe that the way you dress can have power? I can always recall the way I felt when I would get ready for pivotal events in my life such as interviews, first days of school, and most of all, my wedding day. These life-altering moments required some serious attention to how I looked, what I wore, and most of all, how I wore it. It’s as if, in these moments, the way I dressed myself reflected how I felt inside.
A very long time ago, a woman named Esther most definitely knew the power of what she wore:
Having been just recently crowned Queen because of her demeanor and beauty, Esther was in a place of power and absolute newness. Her loyalties now needed to lie with the king, but being Jewish, she was devoted to and loved her people. With the lives of her Jewish people on the line from the wrath of a very wicked man named Haman, we see in this story that Esther was at a crossroads where she could either hide in the shadows and hope for someone else to step up and make a change, or she could act, putting confident faith in her God as she defends the lives of her people group.
Now, the story tells us that were Esther to enter the king’s palace without being first called to make any request, the only sentence to follow would be death. Can you imagine the kind of fear one would feel preparing to do this? However, Esther confidently dressed herself for the job and proceeded in faith:
“On the third day, Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, in the front of the king’s quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal throne. . . And when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won favor in his sight, and he held out to Esther the golden scepter. . . And then, the king said to Esther, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even half of my kingdom.”Esther 5:1-3
Esther cloaked herself in her identity. She stood before the king confidently, more faith than fear, and made her requests known believing that the king would take favor in her!
We continue to read the story and see that the king listened to Esther’s request, stopped Haman, and agreed to protect the Jews from the death that had been decreed to them. God used Esther, a woman, cloaked in faith and in her God-given identity, to change the world.
Ladies, there is so much to glean from this! Do you believe that God wants to use you to change the world? Do you believe that you can clothe yourself for the king as Esther did? I believe that there is more in store than we could ever imagine for our lives and callings if we learn to dress ourselves in confidence and boldly approach the throne of God.
I want to learn to be a woman of God that approaches the King of Kings cloaked in faith and confidence, believing that God wants to use me to change the world as he used Esther. That book that God has been calling you to write? Cloak yourself in confidence, dress for the king, and walk boldly into your writing. The calling of missions that God has put on your heart? Cloak yourself in faith, dress for the king, and walk into your calling. The job that God has asked you to leave in faith that he has something better for you? Dress yourself in robes of faith and walk confidently in the path God has set before you.
Do you believe this in your own life? Do you believe that God is holding out his hand in favor, ready to receive you and your requests today? Do you believe that the God of the Universe has laid out your life plans and has amazing things in store for you to do to change the world? If this is true, go boldly today into the world. Dress yourself as if for the King of Kings, in faith and confidence, and see how the Lord uses you to change the circumstances around you.
Fear has no hold on us anymore when we put confident hope in our king and dress ourselves in faith for the task ahead. I believe that the enemy quivers when he sees daughters of God dressing themselves as if they were truly royalty of the most high, confident and assured that their God defends them, calls them, and protects them.
My call to us all is this: Rise up today, like Esther. Dress yourself in the robes that God has laid before you to claim as your own. Dress for the King of Kings, believing in faith that there is nothing that can stop you when the power of God is what drives you. There is so much to see, much to do, and much to believe that God will do through us when we live our lives dressed for the King.