Courage – Esther 4:16
Esther had a great deal of courage – she was willing to ultimately die for her people. This is referenced in Esther 4:16. “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.” Death is a scary pill to swallow, but Esther was ready to accept death if that meant it was what God had within her course of action. Esther knew that she wanted to save her people and allowed a heavenly presence to steer the wheel. Even though possessing courage can mean risking it all, sometimes that’s exactly what you must do.
Courage is not something that we all possess on a whim. Instead courage is a characteristic that is developed. God provides us with the platform, like He did for Esther. When we feel passionate about a cause, a heavenly presence will stand beside us and allow us to speak a little louder, stand a little taller and shine a little brighter. Next time you’re faced with a challenging time, remember Esther. Remember when Esther faced and accepted death ultimately for the greater good of humanity. We are all placed on the earth for a purpose and it’s important to identify that reasoning when it comes into fruition. The best thing about having courage is knowing that you’ll never stand alone.