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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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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

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