STRATEGIC PLANNING

November 22, 2017

ESTHER 5

STRATEGIC PLANNING

 

A rushed person is a disaster unto themselves and those around them. Learning how to stay calm in the midst of high pressure is key because the longer you can stay calm the greater your ability to keep the window of creativity and logical thinking  open for you to come up with a sound strategy. We begin to rush when fear sets in and this effectively closes the window of having a powerful strategy to your problems.

 

So how does one stay calm in a high pressure situation? Patience in planning! When one takes the time to be patient during the planning process and takes time in considering the situations that can happen, the greater your ability to stay calm because your brain/body has been prepped for such a task. Let me ask you this, which person is better suited to compete at a high level in a sporting event, the person that  had the chance to warm up or the person that just woke up? Usually the person that had sufficient time to warm up will be better to deal with the stress of competition. It is the same way with dealing with high pressured situations in other areas of life because if you come into these situations without taking the time to prepare then you are are pretty much addressing the situation without getting “warmed up,” which develops into poor performance.

 

Esther today begins the plans she has developed to save her people but if you remember from yesterday, that she took three days to prepare herself in the presence of the Lord. How do we prepare ourselves to live like Christians in this world that does not like the absolute truth of God? Do we blindly rush in and end up even failing to be Christian in the process or are we prioritizing the development that occurs in being in His presence? Do we plan with God or do we only expect God to save our plans when things turn sour?

 

Today we can make excuses again that we are busy but can we slow it down to see what strategies that the Lord has for our situations? Can we simply stop to meditate on His words and see what He has to say rather than focus on what we need to say and get done?

 

Let us seek His will and presence today because any time spent with God is not a wasted moment.

 

TIPS AND TRICKS

 

  • Trust in God to deliver from places where you fear

    • 2 And when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won favor in his sight, and he held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.

      • The fear that Xerxes will kill the uninvited Esther was her fear that made her not consider helping her people. Yet it was this precise fear that God’s grace handled when she chose to act. God’s miracle is found in places where we choose to act for His glory. A lot of times we don’t see God moving is because He is waiting for us to move.

  • The greater the task the greater the involvement of God must be

    • 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” 4 And Esther said, “If it please the king,[b] let the king and Haman come today to a feast that I have prepared for the king.” 8 If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it please the king[d] to grant my wish and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come to the feast that I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said.”

      • These are series of verses that come from chapter four and five. The Jews were going to be wiped off the face of the earth and therefore the plan naturally would have been to act immediately. But what did Esther do? She waited and fasted for three days! In the eyes of the world it may have been such a waste of time but Esther was seeking the counsel of the Lord. When we are faced with tasks or problems in this life, it is not that we spend less time with God but more time with God the busier and crazier our life gets because we need Him that much more! Even her strategy seems strange because instead of addressing the issue to the king right away, she decides to hold two feasts. This shows us that what started in patient trust in the Lord will need to continue in patient trust in the Lord! If we do the first part right in seeking the Lord, we must continue to seek the Lord in the midst of the process and to the end! Sometimes we get the strategy and then believe it is up to us but the reality is that we should get the strategy with God and execute it with Him.

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