I love the story of Queen Esther, the young woman whose actions reflected courage and selflessness. I often try to imagine what went through her mind when she was asked to plead with the king to spare her people from certain death. To come before the king uninvited meant she could be killed. In those moments before he held out the golden scepter to her, she had no way of knowing if she would live or die. She couldn’t flip the pages to the end of her story and see the happy outcome. She didn’t know what would happen, but she chose to risk her life for her people.
I sometimes have what I like to call “Esther moments”. Those situations where I’m faced with making a difficult decision, and I don’t always know what the outcome will be. If God has put something on my heart, do I obey? I might not face death, but in doing the right thing, I might risk a friendship, a relationship. I might be ridiculed or looked down on. One thing is certain. The King of kings will hold out His scepter of faithfulness to those who trust in Him.
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