When you think of Esther, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
That she was beautiful? That she won the king’s favor? Or is it that she became a queen?
When I think of Esther, I think of courage. You’ll see why in a minute.
Esther wasn’t living in peaceful times. Her people were hated and then were hunted down to be killed. When Esther won the king’s favor, she did everything that Mordecai told her to do. She listened.
When an edict to kill all Jewish people was decided, Esther was the only one in any position to do something about it. At first she tried to avoid Mordecai’s request because she feared for her own life, but after much pleading she caved.
How many times have you been in a position similar to Esther’s? I know I have been there many times. It sort of became my second home.
God would ask me to do something and I would just avoid it or pretend I didn’t hear it. But unlike Esther, I didn’t cave. I refused because I was scared of the unknown. I didn’t have the courage that Esther had.
“If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 New Living Translation (NIV)
Esther didn’t know why she won the king’s favor. She didn’t understand what God was trying to do. She didn’t understand why things happened the way they did. And yet she did it anyway.
Going to the king meant a 50% chance of death. Yet after praying and fasting for 3 days, she went to see the king. She didn’t ask God to choose someone else. She accepted that it was her duty and she was the only who could do it.
Looking back at the story, you can clearly see that Esther trusted God with her life, and her life really was in God’s hands here (remember that going to the king meant she had a 50 percent chance of getting killed).
I’ve always wanted to have courage like Esther. I wanted to be able to trust God with my life completely. For me that use to be a scary thing. I always liked to be in control.
My life was going to hell when I refused to give God control. No seriously, when I refused to give God control, I made choices that drew me farther away from Him and from His will.
Esther gave God control of her life. She was in the dark about the future and yet she still chose to give it all to God.
I would rather have my life be in Gods hands then my own.
When God has control, He gives us the courage we need to keep going. He gives us the courage we need to complete His will. Without that courage, no matter how much we try, it won’t be enough.
God is the only one capable of giving us this courage we so desperately seek. If we want it, all we have to do is ask.
Are you ready to take on everything that’s coming your way? Remember, you don’t have to do this alone. God can and will help you if you let Him.