01 September 2010

Esther: Woman of Courage

And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” ~ Esther 4:16b

I can only imagine how Queen Esther must have felt in that moment. Knowing that a decree had been issued for the mass destruction of all her people; she also knew that she had to use the little power she had as queen to intercede for her people – and for herself.

Can you imagine the fear, the anguish, and the loneliness she must have felt? Yet, Esther first did what she knew to do – she called upon her God in fasting and prayer for three days and three nights. In doing so, Esther could let go of any and all worry, doubt and fear and put her trust in her God. It was the hand of her God which brought her up from a lonely orphan Jewess to Queen of the Persian Empire; for she had “come to the kingdom for such a time as this.”

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