Friday, May 18, 2018

Esther 4:15-16 NIV 2011

Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “”Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”


Esther is the second of two books named after women. A Jewish child orphaned in Persia, Mordecai cared for her after her parent’s death. Esther’s godly beauty gained the kings favor and she was made his queen. Mordecai discovered a plot by Haman to annihilate the Jews. His edict would destroy the future existence of God’s chosen people. Esther’s position as queen was perfect to thwart Haman’s cunning plot against the Jews. Mordecai’s resolute actions and Esther’s reactions were courageous means to execute Haman’s demise. God is our unceasing courage.


Stepping out in faith can be daunting. Though my responses have never had the impact of Esther or Mordecai, there have been times when it is a stretch. Walking with two close friends into eternity, God gave me the courage to stay the course and walk beside them. I was able to draw from that courage as I was called to speak about their deep abiding love for the Lord. I appropriate His courage daily and fearlessly say, “yes” to serve Him.


How does God’s courage embolden believers?


Courageously following Jesus,


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