by Bob Coy

Esther…had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. Esther 2:7 (NKJV)

Courage has many faces. Sometimes it looks like a mighty warrior like David, sometimes it looks like an uncompromising prophet like Elijah, and sometimes it looks like a beautiful queen like Esther.

That doesn’t seem to fit. When we think of “courage” we don’t associate it with someone known for his or her physical beauty. But when it comes to courage, Esther takes second place to no one.

The book that bears her name tells us she lived during the time when the Jews were living as exiles in Persia. She, being a Jew, had little prospect of ever amounting to much. But she had one outstanding feature: She was very beautiful.

One day, the ruling king decided to conduct a search for a beautiful new wife, and as God would have it, Esther was chosen! It was a true rags to riches story. But then something happened. A conspiracy was set in motion to kill every Jew in the Persian Empire, and the only hope of stopping it was for Esther to intercede for her people directly to the king.

Such behavior was unheard of in the ancient world, and if he refused, her identity as a Jew would be known and her life would be in peril. She had a choice to make: Keep quiet or speak up. In the end, her courage rose to the surface and was immortalized in this declaration:

“I will go to the king…and if I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16 NKJV)

Esther’s willingness to put her life on the line shows us great courage isn’t limited to the Davids or Elijahs of this world, but it can be just as powerfully expressed through the least likely of people…including us. Who has God made you to be, and are you being courageous within the context of where He’s placed you?

“Be strong and courageous… with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” (2 Chronicles 32:7-8 NKJV)

Think About It…

What does this passage reveal to me about God?

What does this passage reveal to me about myself?

Based on this, what changes do I need to make?

What is my prayer for today?