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7 Steps to Wisdom

What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you.
Esther 7:2

Queen Esther learned that Haman received permission ‘to annihilate all the Jews’ (Esther 3:13). How could she persuade the king to protect the Jews? In a beautiful picture of grace, wisdom, and patience, Esther reveals how to effectively approach and persuade other people.

Step 1: Stop. Before trying to rightly handle a wrong situation, Esther paused.

Step 2: Wait. Time is a precious asset. Waiting gave Esther time to gather the facts.

Step 3: Consult. Waiting allowed time for seeking further counsel.

Step 4: Pray. Waiting also gave Esther time to fast and pray for wisdom about how to approach the king.

Step 5: Decide. Time, counsel, and prayer moved Esther to make a plan and move forward with the triumphant attitude “If I perish, I perish!”

Step 6: Act. Before she asked for what she wanted, Esther prepared a special dinner for King Ahasuerus and Haman to assess the king’s frame of mind.

Step 7: Adjust. Discerning and sensitive to the situation, Esther wisely waited and prepared a second dinner before asking her husband to save her people.

What is your next challenge? Follow Esther’s seven steps to wisdom.

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