Good morning. Happy Tuesday to you all! I pray that your week is going well thus far.
TFTD: Preparing to see the King
Esther 2:12 (NKJV)
12 Each young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months’ preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women.
Valentines Day is coming up this week, and there are many women and men who will be preparing to spend time with their spouse or significant other. Women will be in the hair salon, nail salon, getting eye brows waxed and toes done. Men will be hitting the barber shops up after work standing in lines wrapped around the building. Tons of people will be shopping for that perfect outfit, perfume, and cologne. All of this is done in preparation of seeing their mate. This is an evening where they demonstrate their love and they want to look and smell nice for their “boo”.
I couldn’t help but become amazed at the book of Esther to see the level of preparation the women had to go through before they could see the king. The women had to complete a twelve month preparation period with oils and perfumes in order to be beautified and presentable for the king. God asked me, “What are you doing to prepare to see Me (the King)?” I was like WOW, God! I began thinking about how God can ask me to do simple things in preparation to see Him and I complain and sometimes murmur, but I don’t hesitate to prepare to hang out with the girls or to get beautified for my husband. Why is it that I will put so much preparation in to seeing or pleasing man, but not for God? Yeah, God loves stepping on toes.
What are you doing to prepare to see the King? God is waiting for a daily commitment from you to sit at His feet and study His word, but you are too busy preparing for other things. We rise early for work, we stay up late for extracurricular activities all in preparation of being on time and efficient for man, but what will we do for Christ? How are we preparing to see Him? Could you imagine going through a twelve month preparation period just to be able to come into the presence of the King? Most of us can’t even complete a 21-day fast without error, let alone 12-months. How intentional will you be about preparing to see the King? What are you willing to do or sacrifice in order to prepare for the King?
Take time to seek God and open your ears and heart to what He has to say to you. God wants you to prepare for Him and it won’t be convenient, but it will be worth it. We spend months or even years preparing for a wedding with an earthly mate, why can’t we spend longer preparing for God? We spend months planning and preparing for dates with our “boos”, why can’t we spend longer preparing for God? Ask yourself, “What am I doing to prepare to see the King?”
God is truly worth preparing for. I’m preparing to see the King and what He required of me is stretching me and sometimes it’s tough, but I’m committed to being intentional about seeking Him. How about you?
Have a blessed day and remember preparing to see the King requires a commitment on your end!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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