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The Shaashgaz Spa

Words of Faith 6-1-2021

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2008, 2021

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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 Esther 2

        [12] Before a girl's turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics. [13] And this is how she would go to the king: Anything she wanted was given her to take with her from the harem to the king's palace. [14] In the evening she would go there and in the morning return to another part of the harem to the care of Shaashgaz, the king's eunuch who was in charge of the concubines. She would not return to the king unless he was pleased with her and summoned her by name.


         It was a terrible job, but someone had to do it.  In the greater plan and providence of God, the salvation of the Jewish people in the region would depend upon Esther becoming the queen.  The only way to get there was to go to the spa for two years!  I have heard of "waiting on the Lord", but isn't this a little ridiculous?   The "Shaashgaz Spa" was a lavish place with twelve months of beauty treatments followed by six months of oil treatments and six months of cosmetics.  They will renew their strength! 

         What an interesting place to be waiting upon the Lord.  Not many of us will be forced to go through a regimen like the Shaashgaz Spa, but we may well end up waiting upon the Lord as He prepares us for His plan.  There may be a time in which God does not want us to work or serve or study or labor.  There may be a place where He just wants to minister to us and get us ready for what is ahead. 

         Our Shaashgaz spa may be a time apart in which to renew and refresh our spirit, a set time when we recharge with God, or a planned sabbatical specifically for renewal.  Our Shaashgaz Spa may also come in an unusual way like a forced time away from work or routine because of some circumstance or transition in life.  God can use these times wonderfully.   The key is to know that God is at work.  God is at work in the downtimes.  He is at work in the intermissions.  He is at work in times of forced rest or planned Sabbath.  He is renewing us.

         One of the marvelous things about our walk with the Lord is that we can have Sabbath every day.  We can set aside some time each day just to be with the Lord, not to study or serve or work or contemplate-- but just to be with Him.  He will minister to us.  The beauty of His Spirit will treat us from the inside out.  The oil of His anointing will break the yoke of anything that is binding us. He will do that right now. 

          Are you in a time of waiting, an intermission in life, or a quiet time away from regular routines?  Allow the Lord to minister to you.  Have you been rushing toward the things of God?  Relax.  Spend some time with Him.


         Lord, I want to all of the beauty You have for me.  Prepare me with the oil of Your salvation and the fragrance of Your Spirit for every task You have in my future.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.



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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2008, 2021

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)       

2820 Business Center Blvd.

Melbourne, Florida 32940 (321)-259-7200

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