Women of Faith Series: Esther’s Courage
Hey love! Here’s part 3 in our Women of Faith series. Today, we are talking about Esther’s courage. Maybe, you’re the one who is more laid back and kind of just goes with the flow. You follow the rules and try to, for the most part, keep to yourself. When you read the book of Esther, you discover that Esther is that kind of woman. That is, until God calls her to take a stand. Like her, when it’s time to take an uncomfortable stand that potentially puts yourself on the chopping block, you might hesitate or try to get out of it. I’ve been there! Like Esther, we need to find our courage and take a stand. Not only for ourselves, but for others as well.
Take A Risk
Queen Esther discovers from her Uncle Mordecai, that Harman wants to kill all of the Jews. Mordecai knows that Esther is the only one that could talk to the King and persuade him to save the Jews. He instructs Esther to go and talk to the King. Esther reveals that unless you’re called into the inner courts, you have a chance of dying when you enter in unannounced. Since she hasn’t been called she’s reluctant. Mordecai shares some awesome wisdom (Esther 4:13-14). You can’t count yourself safe. Help might not come from you, but it will come and there will be consequences for you not taking risk. When we don’t take a risk we might feel safe, but it doesn’t mean that we won’t face consequences. In order to have courage we have to take a risk in faith!
Esther not only took action, but she used wisdom. She fasted and prayed about the situation. She remained humbled to the King. Unlike Harman who had made the decree to kill the Jews. Harman was all about himself. He made the decree just because Mordecai didn’t bow down to him. Then he thought he deserved to be honored by the King instead of Mordecai. Mordecai saved the King’s life while Harman did absolutely nothing, but he was so prideful and boastful he couldn’t see that. His pride ultimately led to his destruction. When you use wisdom and stay in the right mindset, remaining humble, God will exalt you.
Do Not Remain Silent
Esther had to agree with Mordecai that she would take a stand and speak up on behalf of the Jews. She had to tell the King her wishes and point out the enemy. She had to step out of her comfort zone and face the situation head on. In today’s world it’s frowned upon to speak truth and call out the wrong. The famous phrase is God can only judge me right?!? The truth is, Esther was used to be a light to her people and if she would not have spoken up her people would’ve perished.
Stand Up For Others
Having courage is not always about yourself, but others. When I read Esther this verse stuck out to me:
“For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?“ - Esther 8:6
If I know that something is or will harm people, how can I not take a stand? Not for myself, but for others. Esther might not have even faced harm, because she never told anyone she was a Jew, but how could she watch someone else get slaughtered. It takes courage to take a stand for someone else and potentially put yourself on the chopping block, but we must stand!
At the end of the day God has called you to be the light of the world and a city on a hill can’t be hidden. That means you can’t hide your light. You need to have courage and shine boldly. Speaking the word of truth and standing for the things of God. Amen!