Women are the most beautiful yet complex creations of the Lord. There is so much to a woman many twists and turns, so much to seek out and discover. So much intrigue and fascination but in all of this it is in finding our true headship that all this is glorious.
Every woman in the Bible is placed there by the Lord specifically for us to study her life and God’s dealings in and through her.
The following blogs are taken from the book “Woman, One of God’s Greatest Creations” by Ps Lindsey Lefebure
Enter Vashti, Queen of the most powerful nation on the earth, of the time. Beautiful, influential, the envy of so many others. The world was her oyster and she had the ears and attention of the most powerful King of that day. She has her own celebration and in charge of influencing the wives of the richest and most powerful men. What an amazing time of sharing her wealth, opulence, abundance and influence. She had purpose and was in the middle of what she wanted to share with the women around her.
Then the door opens and she is summoned to appear before her husband and all the hundreds of men her husband was entertaining, he wanted again to show how important and to be envied he was because of the beauty of his wife.
No she would not! She was in the middle of something more important, she was more than a beautiful face and body and she was not going to be disturbed from what she was busy with. No I will not come at this time I am busy about my own things which are more important than listening to you!
The King is in charge no matter what we think!!!!!!
Vashti refused to come at the King’s command and the consequences were dire, she lost everything. No matter who we are or what we look like we need to understand authority and honour.
The reason was that with position comes influence and the people around us will always look and see how we handle things and take their cue from the choices they see others making. “The queen’s behaviour will become known to all the women so they will despise their husbands.” This is the message her actions spoke into the minds of those watching this because of the incredible power of influence. Therefore the advice was to deal swiftly and decisively with the lack of respect and rebellion of the queen, so that it did not spread throughout the Kingdom.
Our attitudes release a wave of influence even if we don’t realize it. Our choices always are being observed by someone, our children, our friends, family and colleagues.
What are our attitudes releasing?
Attitudes start with thoughts and we need to find out what we are thinking so we can decide if the attitude we are showing will bring the right influence. We must understand that as women we are powerful beings meant to influence for good and for godly the people around us.
The personal consequence for Vashti was, “Let her come no more into the presence of the King”. She was removed from the position of favour and everyone realized that her power to influence had been stripped from her and she was now the ridicule of an entire kingdom.
Sometimes we feel that this is what has happened in our lives, what we have done has caused our King to turn away from us, but with God this is not true. His grace and forgiveness are always there for us.
Man’s law gives very little chance of repentance but God is the all forgiving God. Where we see that we have missed it because of our attitudes and refusing to obey the Lord, let us be quick to repent before the Lord and surrender afresh so He can wash away all guilt and shame and restore to us the power of Godly influence. He is faithful and loving and knows we can only truly be successful when we are surrendered and filled with Him and His power to choose and therefore influence for great good.
Remember these things [earnestly], O Jacob, O Israel, for you are My servant! I formed you, you are My servant; O Israel, you shall not be forgotten by Me. I have blotted out like a thick cloud your transgressions, and like a cloud your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.
Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it; shout, you depths of the earth; break forth into singing, you mountains, O forest and every tree in it! For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, and He glorifies Himself in Israel.
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and He Who formed you from the womb: I am the Lord, Who made all things, Who alone stretched out the heavens, Who spread out the earth by Myself [who was with Me]?– (Isaiah 44:21 – 44:24 AMP)