In Part 1 of the series with discovered that God has a plan for us. Each circumstance that we go through is preparing us for this plan. As we continue the Book of Esther Series, we will look at how being courageous can help you to reach what may seem to be unattainable. Esther was willing to pay the ultimate price for her people. She was prepared to die in order to save the Jews. She showed great courage, even though she knew the consequences of her actions could lead to her death.
Esther’s acknowledgement of the possible outcome of her actions are clearly stated in Esther, Chapter 4.
“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”Esther 4:16
She knew the cost and was still willing to try. That is what being courageous is all about. But how do you find that kind of courage? You prepare for it!
You Must Make Preparations!
I find it interesting that God is not mentioned once in the Book of Esther. But it is clear throughout every word of the book that Esther felt His presence and leaned on Him for a deeper understanding of her purpose.
Notice the first part of the verse above, she gave instructions for her people. Fasting is a long time tradition of the Jewish people to prepare for big events that would require God’s guidance. Esther was seeking God…She was making preparations for what might come. Esther was preparing her courage!
Courage is not something that we all have at a moment’s notice. Instead, courage is something that is worked toward. God provides us with the ability for being courageous, like He did for Esther. When we feel passionate about something that is within God’s will, He will stand beside us.
Next time you’re faced with a challenging time, think about Esther. Remember that Esther faced possible death for attempting to save her people. The best thing about being courageous is knowing that, if you have asked God to be at the center of the struggle, you are not alone.