2018-09-10 - Are You So Vain?
Think how much the Father loves us. He loves us so much, that he lets us be called his children, as we truly are. (1 John 3:1 CEV)
When King Xeres needed a queen, he had two requirements: youth and beauty. (Esther 2:2) To me, that statement seems shallow. Especially given the reason the king needed a queen, you'd think Xeres would want to know about the woman's temperament.
His previous wife, Vashti,refused one of Xeres' requests. "The king wanted her to wear her crown and let his people and his officials see how beautiful she was." (Esther 1:11 CEV) Xeres was furious when Vashti didn't come to his party and got rid of her.
Several years passed, before the king searched for a replacement bride. He chose the young and beautiful Esther as his new queen.
I'm grateful the Lord's love isn't based on my age or physical appearance. He loves me in spite of my looks, actions, and thoughts. He loves us because we're His creation, His children.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.