Standing Up Means Standing Out

Esther, a young Hebrew woman whose parents had died when she was a child, raised by Mordecai, her father’s nephew.  Over the course of a relatively short time (a year of preparation), due to the dethroning of the former Queen of the Provinces, Esther, whose Jewish name was Hadassah, went from being that lowly Jewish girl , to Queen along side King Ahasuerus, who reigned over 127 provinces- from India to Ethiopia!

The King did not know this, because she didn’t tell, that she was a Jew, of the tribe of Benjamin.  And when the law that the King just signed, conspired by Haman, one of his captains,  included the killing of all of the Jew (and perhaps Esther herself).  Esther took on courage, when into to the inner courts of the King’s house and stood before him.  This act according to law is punishable by death!  Yet Esther did it anyway, she stood up by doing something many would not do.  Many people would be afraid to go before the King. They might even make excuses for not standing up for what they know is right!

But Esther stood before the King and the scripture says, “she found favor in his sight,” (5:2) he held out his golden scepter meaning he will grant her whatever she requests.

“Becoming a woman who unashamedly says yes to God is going to cause you to be different from many of your family members and friends.” -Lysa TerKeurst, President of Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Matthew 7:13-14, here Jesus says,

 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Father,

Give us the courage to stand up for what is right and pleasing

in your sight even when we face oppositions. 

In Jesus’ Name

It takes courage.  Courage God has given to every believer

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