I got to thinking of courageous faith today, and soon I was reminded of Esther chapter 5. First, a quick look back at chapter 4 we read the words of Esther who says, “Whether man or women, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre.” (Esther 4:11, KJV)
That sets the stage for chapter 5 where she courageously enters the throne room to petition the king on behalf of the Jews. Being Queen didn’t change the fact that this was a serious offense that could cost Esther her life.
According to the ancient historian Josephus, men with axes in their hands stood around his throne in order to punish any that approached him without being called.
She had the opportunity to be used by God, which wasn’t an easy choice, but obedience to God’s will is always the right choice to make.
C.S. Lewis writes, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. “
Courage is born to those who exercise it through faith. It starts with seeking God’s will for our lives and is exercised through the choices we make. It’s easy to say we will follow God’s will, and likely we will some of the time, but the question is, will we follow His will consistently? Will we step out in faith at all costs, or merely when it serves us to do so?
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Read the account of Esther approaching the King in Esther 4:1-5:8
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:24)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
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