What is the first step in our calling when sense God is moving us in a new direction?
In the past few years, I’ve learned many lessons from Esther. It all began when I noticed a pattern in the story of Esther that Amy had been trying to implement in her life.
Did you see Amy Carroll’s devotion today? Here’s an excerpt:
I’m especially inspired by Esther, who saved her people with her words. She didn’t rush in with her own thoughts, nor did she stay silent out of fear. Instead, she paused and fasted for God’s direction. (Esther 4:16) She waited for just the right time to speak. (Esther 5:8) Then she didn’t stop speaking up, even though her life was in danger until her people were fully safe. (Esther 8:3-6) Esther left behind self-protective silence and followed God, allowing Him to shape her words. In turn, He used her voice to redeem her people.
Listen– At her moment of crisis in Esther 4, Esther didn’t plunge forward with her own ideas. She paused to listen for God’s solution. This is the first step in our calling.
Feel– Esther let her feelings of alarm over the King’s edict move her forward into righteous action.
Do– After listening to God’s direction, she made a plan that included approaching her husband, the king, to invite him to multiple feasts.
Speak– Finally, at the second banquet, Esther spoke up to save her people.
It’s been fascinating and instructive to unpack those four steps in Esther’s life. Do you notice that she spoke last? That’s a hard one for a call like me!
Amy is giving away a copy of our new study Esther: Seeing Our Invisible God in an Uncertain World.
To enter, simply leave a comment on her blog (be sure to go to Amy’s blog!) sharing what you love about Esther or what you’d like to learn from this study. Just click here to get to the giveaway!