esther the brave :: risk12:00 AM
With my 2012 "word" being risk, I am studying risk takers in the Bible.
It's fascinating to learn these nuggets from Bible greats.
King Ahasuerus was a powerful man, ruling over 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia. Feeling like everyone and anyone was at his beck and call, he summoned Queen Vashti to come to him, but she refused. Of course, this angered the King. He issued an edict to replace the Queen, and that's when Esther entered the picture.
Esther was a brave, brave woman who found favor with the King, eventually giving her the title of Queen. When news reached Esther of Haman's plot to kill the Jews, Esther's uncle, Mordecai, implored her to talk to the King. Knowing that going to talk to the King without being summoned was punishable by death, she had the Jews fast with her for three days.
Her strategy paid off as she found favor once again with the King. After bringing the King and Haman together, she pleaded with the King on behalf of her people and told the King of Haman's plot to kill the Jews. Haman, the one who had become very close to the King, the one the King gave his signet ring to, the one he gave authority to, was sentenced to death.
I marvel at Esther's bravery and the risk she took on account of obedience. Esther was an orphan (Esther 2:7) who become Queen. May I never have pity on myself because of a situation or circumstance. May I always rise up and walk in obedience, throwing aside fear and insecurity, even if it feels risky.
Scripture reference: the book of Esther