My dear readers, this evening I want to try post a devotional based on woman figure in the Bible .As we know there are so many great and beautiful woman figures in the bible. This idea came from my mother. Few days ago she said that it would be good if I post an article blog based on woman figure in the Bible. There are so many great lesson that we can get from them. And then she gave a title “Woman of Faith” to this post. I think this is a good idea and now I realizing my mother’s idea.
Esther. She is the first figure that I chose for this first post.
“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.” (Esther 4:16)
The life of Esther is one of the most extraordinary in the entire Bible. A true-to-riches story, she was plucked out of obscurity, chosen to be queen, and then faced with one of the most difficult choices any ruler ever had to make. Esther was a Jewish, one of God’s chosen people, but her husband the king did not know it. With the king’s consent, a decree had gone out over all the land that every Jews was to be killed.
Esther was faced with a choice: She could either stand up for her and the God of her people, or save her own skin by remaining incognito. To stand up meant, not only the danger of revealing her ethnic identity, but also approaching the king unbidden… An offense punishable by death. But Esther made her choice decisively: “If I perish, I perish.”
My dear reader, are we ready to throw ourselves into the cause of God’s kingdom with that same abandon, with a willingness to do whatever it takes no matter what the personal cost? Although the name of God is nowhere mentioned in this book, the fingerprints of God are all over it. It was, of course, God who allowed Esther to become a queen at just the right time and who gave her favor in the sight of the king, empowering her to save His people.
Esther had to make her decision by faith, not knowing what the outcome would be. And there is a trail of martyrs through the centuries that attest to the fact that God does not always deliver from death those who stand in his name. But, like Esther, we must be willing to lay down our pride, and our concern for self-preservation, and be willing to serve our Lord no matter what the cost. Amen
Karina – Woman of Faith –
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