One of my favorite bible characters is Esther. She became King Xerxes’ new wife, and queen of Persia. She was Jewish, and a decree had been written by the King’s right-hand man to kill all Jews. She decided that she would visit the King and ask for his favor to repeal the decree. But if you went into the King’s presence without him inviting you, he would kill you unless he found favor in you and extended his golden scepter towards you. Esther decided that even if she died, it was worth it to stand up for her people.
She had such bravery and was in a position to do amazing things in her time. She had no fear and went into the King’s presence, found favor with him, he repealed the decree, and saved all the Jews in the kingdom.
Esther’s bravery encourages me. She wasn’t afraid or ashamed to stand up for her people, even if it cost her life.
For me, this means standing up for what I believe and know is right, even if no one else will do it with me.
I’m not afraid to fight against the current of culture to stand up for the gospel.
I will stand up for the unborn who don’t have a voice.
I will be a friend to the friendless.
I can have integrity in a world of people that are fake.
If a young girl like Esther could risk her life for something important to her, then I can stand firm in what is right, be bold in my faith, and change the world that I live in.
We can use our voices to change culture. We can stand up against injustice. It just takes one person’s bravery to change the culture. Esther saved her people by being bold and trusting God.
What can we change based on being a light in the darkness?
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
We were born for such a time as this!
1. What issues are close to your heart? Is God calling you to be a voice for the voiceless?
2. Do you notice how Esther exemplifies the some of the virtues of Philippians 4:8? She stood for truth and righteousness, her behavior was noble, and her intentions were pure. What other virtues do you notice?
3. How will you use your voice and influence?
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