God Chasers Daily Devotion-#60

When the anointing of God rests on human flesh, it makes everything flow better. One of the clearest pictures of the anointing and its purpose in the Bible is provided in the Book of Esther. When Esther was being prepared for her presentation to the king of Persia, she was required to go through a year of purification during which she was repeatedly soaked in fragrant anointing oil (ironically using virtually the same ingredients of the Hebrews’ worship incense and anointing oil). One year in preparation for one night with the king! A logical side benefit of all those soaking baths in perfumed oil is that every man who came near to Esther would think or say, “My, but you smell good.” Nevertheless, Esther wouldn’t give them the time of day. For the same reason that you and I should never be distracted by the pursuit of man’s approval:
The purpose of the anointing is not to make man like you, but to make the King like you.
(The God Chasers, 41)
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