Over the next few weeks I will be participating in a bible study entitled “A Virtuous Life” by Darlene Schacht (AKA: Time-Warp Wife.) Throughout the course of the study I am going to share what I am learning along the way and the insight I am gaining to becoming a more Godly woman and wife…a woman of virtue.
I came across this study as I have been seeking out more knowledge and resources on the subject of being a wife of noble character. You see, I have not exactly been a star example of this myself. I never really thought much about it…until I almost lost the chance to be a wife all together (more of that will come later), and that’s when I realized God needed to change me. He needed to change my outlook on marriage, on my husband, and on myself.
As I have been searching for other Christian women and wives teaching and encouraging other women to be the wives we were called to be I am coming into some amazing insight and knowledge and am developing a deeper desire everyday. I want to begin sharing what I am learning and experiencing with others as well.
WEEK 1: Prudence
According to merriam-webster.com prudence is using careful good judgment that allows someone to avoid danger or risks; the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason.
Prudence/wisdom is an important virtue to understand and have because this will determine how you move forward.
DAY 1 READING: Esther 4:6-5:8 “Esther is Prudent Under Pressure”
WHAT I LEARNED
Esther was one smart cookie! And SO brave! She was faced with making a move that could potentially cost herself her life. And yet she moved forward with that decision anyway. BUT not without consulting with God first on how she was going to do that! She was strategic in her approach to her king, her husband. Scripture says that Esther fasted for 3 days prior to approaching the king, and she had her maids and others join her in this fast. I assume she accompanied her fast with prayer and meditation with God seeking guidance, wisdom, and direction for what she was about to encounter. On that 3rd day she put on her royal robes and entered into the king’s court. It says “she obtained favor in his sight” and the king welcomed her in and told her whatever it was she wanted she could have it. Even with that open offer Esther did not reveal her ultimate request. Instead she invited him (with Haman) to a banquet that she was going to prepare for them.
Esther was very strategic and purposeful with her actions, words, and thoughts. She started with prayer and fasting, she appealed to her husband’s eye and attraction for her, she didn’t jump the gun with sudden demands…she was courageous, smart, beautiful, gentle, and patient. She did not crack under the pressure.
Lord, help me to have prudence like Esther. When I am faced with a pressing situation or find myself feeling like I am about to be crushed under the pressure, help me to have the wisdom to devise a plan and strategy…to not think rashly, react abruptly, or speak harshly. Give me insight as a wife to know how to appeal to my husband’s compassion and passion so that I too may obtain favor in his sight. Continue welling up the desire in me to get closer to you and to constantly be listening to your voice. In the name of Jesus I pray this ~Amen