Purification of a Queen Part 4: To Everything There Is a Season

Thank you for joining me for the last and final part of this series. It has been such a treat to let you in on the revelation God gave to me about this passage of scripture in the book of Esther. It has helped to shape me in so many ways. In my previous post, I talked about the importance of seeking, accepting and acting on godly wisdom. (click here for part 3).  Today, I conclude the series by discussing submitting to God’s time and God’s process in your life.

As we read the text that has been the backdrop for this series, Esther 2:5-14, we learn that she is a part of a group of women selected to go before the king in hopes of being chosen to be the next queen. However, before she got her chance to go before him, she spent a year in preparation (verse 12).  That time of preparation consisted of “six months with oil of myrrh and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women.”  Oil of myrrh was sometimes used as an antiseptic.  Let’s take a look at the word “antiseptic”.  Anti means against or cures/neutralizes. Septic comes from the root word “sepsis” which means poisoned state caused by absorbing small organisms that causes diseases. Esther spent six months being cleansed from anything that could infect or defile her physical body. This same process must be done in the spirit as well.

The second half of her preparation process was spent receiving perfumes and beauty treatments. After all, she was being prepared to go before the king. I’ve come to learn that you should not go before a king looking any kind of way—not the CEO of your company, men and women of God, leaders, officials—no king!  Esther was in the palace for at least a year before she got her opportunity to go before him.  If she had not submitted to the prescribed preparations, I have no doubt that she would not have received the chance to be presented to him, let alone be chosen as queen.

Many of us are very impatient when it comes to waiting on God to move us. I know I am!  Well, I was.  I am learning to slow down, let the Lord prepare me and THEN let Him move me. I’ve gone ahead of God way to many times and paid dearly for it. God is a God of excellence, decency and order. Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV says To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.  Preparation and process may seem very tedious but it’s so necessary. As I’ve surveyed my life, I can honestly tell you that I am very happy that I didn’t do some things when I thought I was ready for them, like marriage for example. Here are some suggestions on what to do while waiting and being prepared:

1.      Keep your eyes off the calendar and stop watching the clock. Psalms 31:15 says My times are in Your hand…; Psalms 62:8 says Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. When I read about Joshua, David and Moses, these men were prepared before they were promoted. Promotion comes from God, not man (Psalms 75:6-7). We must be fully persuaded that God is not on our natural time schedule. He works in the supernatural.

2.      Keep your eyes on the word of God and keep the word of God in your ears. The word of God is paramount when it comes to reminding us of God’s promises and His system. Joshua 1:8 speaks of reading and meditating the word of God and the guaranteed result of doing such. Keeping the word of God in your ears keeps you focused on Him and not the “it”. It also builds up your faith according to Romans 10:17.  The word also gives you direction and guidance.

3.      Pray, pray, pray. I cannot stress the importance of continuing to seek God for wisdom, guidance, strength and counsel while you are waiting and being prepared. (Psalms 37:23, 1Thessalonians 5:17, John 14:16 AMP, Proverbs 4:7)

4.      Yield and fully submit yourself to the process. There is no shortcut. The flesh profits nothing. (John 6:63) and everything we do in the flesh will fail.  Everything that God allows or whatever door He opens will be used to prepare you for something else. David tended to his father’s sheep, which means he had to fight off animals that were a threat to the sheep.  He used the same skills to slay Goliath. (1 Samuel 17).

I hope this encouraged you not to give up on God, your preparation and His timing. Everything God does is purposed. He wastes nothing. So stop worrying and fretting.  The Lord has not forgotten you!  I thank you for joining me in this series. I pray that you’ve learned that a good name is rather to be chosen, how to come out from among them, in all your getting get wisdom and to everything there is a season. I pray this series has blessed you and provoked you to seek God on a deeper level. Hallelujah to our Lord!

Father in Heaven, I lift up every person reading this today. I pray that they have been provoked to seek You and learn of You. You want the absolute best for us in all areas. May Your word go forth richly in their lives. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.


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