“If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. What’s more, who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?” - Esther 4:14
Esther knew a God who was all-powerful and completely trustworthy. Before Esther ever dressed herself in royal robes, she prayed and fasted for the courage to do what God had called her to do.
No big decisions should be made and no great changes should be undertaken without much personal prayer. Then, when you have your answer, where do you go for the courage to carry it out? Esther knew that for her to appear before the king without being summoned by him was punishable by death unless the king extended mercy. She needed great courage to do what she knew God wanted her to do. Courage is a very scarce commodity. Faith, however, is doing something without having the courage to do it. Faith trusts God as we do something courageous without wanting to. Faith says, “It shall be done—look out, devil, here we come!” Faith is very practical. It enlists our minds and helps us believe that we were born for a purpose. We should have a sense of destiny that says, “I was created for just such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
Faith believes God when he says, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). Faith doesn’t say, “Courage is with me,” but rather, “God is with me”—even when your courage isn’t. Like Esther, we must not allow fear to dictate our actions, but let Christ direct us wherever he wants. In the end, faith is being able to do without the courage!
For Further Study: Esther 4:1-17
Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
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