Attentive to the Attendant

Esther 2:9, 12, 14 “Now the young lady pleased him and found favor with him. So he quickly provided her with her cosmetics and food, gave her seven choice maids from the king’s palace and transferred her and her maids to the best place in the harem. … Now when the turn of each young lady came to go in to the King Ahasuerus…for the days of their beautification were completed as follows: six months with oil of myrrh and six months with spices and cosmetics. In the evening she would go in and in the morning she would return to the second harem…She would not again go in to the king unless the king delighted in her and she was summoned by name.”

Observation: This begins the story of Esther, a Jewish orphan girl who ultimately found favor in the eyes of the king and was crowned queen. Competition was keen, and a place in the harem was reserved for only the finest beauties in the land. Preparation was intense. Each candidate had coaches and spent a full year bathing in fragrant oils and spices and the finest cosmetics, all for a one-night stand with the king. Afterward, the candidate returned to the “second” harem to await the king’s next call. She never knew whether it would come, yet of necessity she kept herself continuously ready.

Application: Think of the process these women went through—months of grooming for one night with a man who would likely not remember her name in the morning. But he might remember, so one’s guard could never be let down. How unlike this hapless harem am I! Having once accepted Christ’s atoning work for my sin, I don’t have to wonder whether He will ever call again. My King does call; of this I have no doubt. My preparation is perhaps less apparent than for the harem, but it is no less intentional. Their attendants were physically present to highlight their best features.

But I also have an Attendant, the Holy Spirit, who constantly works to prepare me. Beloved, if I go through my days inattentive to the Attendant’s instruction, how can I hope to be ready to enter the King’s presence the instant He calls? If my devotion to Him does not exceed all else, am I not like the harem member who shrugs off her daily bath only to find herself unexpectedly summoned into the king’s chambers, to stand exposed in the filth of lesser priorities? I must live as though each moment is the instant of His calling.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I recognize that I can only be ready if I am always ready, so help me with priorities, Lord. Teach me how to wait on You, to be attentive to the Attendant in the midst of life’s busiest days. Give me a hunger for Your righteousness above all other pursuits.

Search

Popular Posts

  • Nose Rings

    Genesis 44:1 “Now Joseph gave these instructions to the steward of his house: ‘Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they can carry, and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack. Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack, along with the silver…

  • Vessels of Hope

    Genesis 42:9 “Joseph remembered the dreams which he had about them.” Observation:  Famine had spread throughout Canaan, so Jacob sent his ten oldest sons to Egypt to purchase grain. The brothers’ quest brought them before Egypt’s governor, whom they failed to recognize as their supposedly dead brother, Joseph. Bowing low in humility, they sought his…

  • Timing Is the Hard Part

    Genesis 30:2 “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?” (NIV).     Observation: Jacob had set off on the task of siring twelve sons, each of whom would become head of one of the tribes of Israel. Although Rachel was the favored wife, it was through her sister, Leah, that…

Categories

Archives

Tags

There’s no content to show here yet.