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WOMAN OF FAITH-RUTH-KARINA'S THOUGHT

Hello my dear friends!  It’s me again. How are you? I Hope everything is okay with you all. I am so glad and be grateful could come back again to blogging after for one month totally out of blogging for holiday. I really miss read your great and wonderful posts. I will try to visit and read all of your posts as soon as I can.

This post is my other series of “Woman of Faith” Quite been long time I longs to write a post based on the book of Ruth. Beside many other woman bible figures, Ruth is one of my favorite figures.  After I took study and ponder, I got many valuable lessons from her story and this post talks about the most important thing we could learn from Ruth.

Let’s briefly look to Ruth’s background. Ruth is a woman of Moabites. The Moabites was born from the sex relationship between Lot and two of his daughter.  The one was gave birth the Moabites and the other one was Amon. It means Ruth was coming from the sinner background.

Ruth’s story began when The Israel hit by the long famine. Elimelech, a man of Bethlehem, Judah, with his wife, Naomi, and his two sons, Mahlon and Chilion decided went to Moab for a living. Then Mahlon took wives Ruth and Chilion took wives Orpah.  After ten years lived in Moab, Elimelech and his two sons died, so Naomi just with her two daughters-in-law. With consideration there was no longer can be done in the land of Moab, Naomi chooses and decided to go back to the land of Judah and she asked Orpah and Ruth return to the Moab. (Ruth 1:8-9) Eventually Orpah was choosing to go back to her people but Ruth expressly refused. She chose to keep stay with Naomi. She said:

“Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.”(Ruth 1:16 NKJV)

My beloved readers, here we learn one important thing from Ruth and become a substance in the Christian living. Actually after her husband died she has full right to leave Naomi and could married with other man in her homeland, Moab. But Ruth insisted to remain follow Naomi to the land of Judah. This wasn’t an easy choice because at that time, the future of a woman depends on her husband. And Ruth’s future depends on her status as a widow or someone’s wife. Here Ruth made a step of faith. She chose leave her traditions, culture, her god in Moab, showed her faith and faithfulness to the God that recently she knew through Naomi’s family, and she dared to bet her own future just for the sake to accompany Naomi back to the Bethlehem. Well, before I continue, I want to ask one thing, please for awhile place ourselves in the Ruth’s position. Do we dare risking our future to go and live at a place that has different culture and we even really don’t know what we can do there for life, without any planning, we don’t have anyone we know, we don’t even know what will be happen there, and there is no assurance at all that we will get the better future?  Are we? Ruth dared to do it. She dared to leave her own land went to Judah that in fact was the enemy of her people, while if she decided to go back to the Moab she might live comfortably and without any difficulties. This was a great faith step of Ruth. She chose to believe and act on her faith in God. Ruth believes God has a plan even though she hasn’t seen it. Ruth was heading into the dark tunnel but she believes there is a sun above the tunnel although she did not see it. Her faith could make her believe that at the end of tunnel she will see the light.

What is the result of Rut’s faith step? After she passed through quite difficult and hard lives, finally Ruth reaps the fruit of her great faith. Ruth met Boaz. This was another phase of Ruth live. It turns out the figure of Ruth shines brightly in Bethlehem. Although she came from Moab, Ruth became an honorable woman figure and it wasn’t only recognized by Boaz but also by the people of Bethlehem. Boaz said:

And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman. (Ruth 3:11 NKJV)

Ruth and Boaz got married. This was a final result of her great faith step. Her lives restored incredibly. Her great faith step led her to God’s blessings that continually flowed in her lives and we all are know that from their offspring then David was born, until Jesus Christ later.

What is the important thing that can be applied from Ruth’s story? In one phase of my personal life, I was applying Ruth’s step of faith. Before I formally replace my parents in the company a few years ago, my parents gave me two options. The options was, I build my own business or take over their position. After asking God’s guidance and  consider many things then I chose the second option. Still remember in my mind when my parents officially handed over the reins of leadership of the company to me.  Although actually I had been prepared to replace them, but when the time comes, to be honest I was scared. I am haunted by fears and doubts. Lead and controlling many companies weren’t an easy thing. I learned and mastered everything about business only from what I have learned in the college but it all just a theory and not necessarily will be same as reality. Realized that I wasn’t in good situation then my mother gave me a simple advice. She said, “Learn from Ruth’s story. Compare her situation with your situation”

I am pondered so deep. Yes! Indeed, Ruth’s situation at the time was so different with me. My situation was much, much better than her. She didn’t have anything and had to move and lived among the nation that became her enemy. She didn’t even know what should to do for live there. Compared with me, God blessed me with good knowledge and ability; I am not alone because I am surrounded by those who experts in their field, I really know what should to do to run my parents company because I have “A master handbook” of the company. I also have many place to ask. My parents, my husband, and the most important thing is, I have God who surely lead and help me.My mother than said again, “Ruth could be a success and became a virtuous woman because she had a great step of faith. You have to do the same thing, you have to see everything by faith, walking and living by faith. Like Ruth, completely trust in God! Just maintain your faith in God so you could walk confidently despite everything in the front of you seem indistinct.”

My beloved readers, today let’s take time for a moment to reflect and re-examine the quality of our faith. How is our attitude in facing tomorrow, next week, next month, even our next future? Whether today or tomorrow we can sleep in peace and joy without any worries about what will go on later?  Whether we still could sleep wakeless in the night while there are still so many burdens of unresolved problems? How big our faith overcoming our fear and anxiety about all of things that hasn’t seen? How far we believe that God will always sustain us as it is written in Psalms,

I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. (Psalm 3:5 NKJV)

Where we put our faith? If only a lip service we say we have faith but when the problems come to hit us, we become shaky and scared or we are worried if what we expect never comes and we begin to doubt with God’s inclusion in our life? Or otherwise our faith completely strongly embedded and rooted in the deepest of our heart and become a substance of everything we do?

Today, let’s learn from Ruth’s story. Her unwavering step of faith to the God who recently she knew made her life full of hope and didn’t make her afraid about the future in the land of Judah. Although she lived long before the New Testament but she had applying what is written in the book of Hebrews,

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

(Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)

Although Ruth came from a pagan background in Moab, once she met the God of Israel, she became a living testimonial to Him by faith. Ruth is the great example That God rewards faith and faithfullness:

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)

From Ruth we also learn that how God can change a life and take it in a direction He has foreordained, and we see Him working out His perfect plan in Ruth’s life, as He does with all His Children.

Let us always  nurture and strengthen our faith by continue to maintain our personal relationship with God, read and ponder God’s word every day, and do it in our lives  as Paul said:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Romans 1:16 NKJV)

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.(Romans 10:17 NKJV)

Let’s make sure that faith lead us in the middle of each side of life, because the righteous live by faith. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” (Hebrews 10:38 NKJV) Not just a lip service but also accompanied by work just because faith without work is dead. (James 2: 17, 20, 26 NKJV) Amen.

Other articles about Ruth’s life that could be learn:

What should we learn from the life of Ruth?”

“Why was Ruth so loyal to Naomi?”

“Why did Ruth and Orpah make different decisions?”

All articles was written by Michael at Altruistico.wordpress.com

Karina – Living by faith

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Woman of Faith (Mary)

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My dear all readers, this the sixth post of “Woman of Faith” and it will be the last post of the series which talk about woman figures in the bible. For the last woman figure this evening I chose Mary.

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:38)

Obedience and faithfulness! This is the first things that I got from figure of Mary. When the angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”(verse28-33), the privilege that she received gives her so many difficulties.

For Mary, this is not an easy thing. Let’s we imagine it. An unmarried woman suddenly had to conceive a baby. For Jesus’ sake, Mary would face the gossip, insults, and very likely have been rejected by his fiancé. Moreover she will bear shame in her community. Not only that, she would have to travel to Bethlehem to be taxed, she would have to flee to Egypt and later, finally she would see her own son tortured to death.

But look at how Mary deals with all that things. She did not refuse it, bargaining, or argued. Mary remains obedient to the God’s command. Even firmly and full adherence she said: “I am the Lord’s servant, May your word to me be fulfilled.”  I think it is no wonder why God chose Mary to conceive His Child. This is a grace from God. I am not sure there is another figure like Mary who has such extraordinary obedience like her. Even today I think would be very difficult to find a woman who has great obedience like Mary. Jesus himself greatly appreciates Mary.  Although Jesus was not the son of Mary and Joseph’s marriage, but let’s we take a look at how Jesus honored Mary. When Jesus was crucified, He still had time to say: “Woman, here is your son,” (John 19:26).

What can we glean from Mary’s story? Once again, obedience and faithfulness! Mary’s obedience and loyalty should be our inspiration in everyday life. I know it is not so easy.   Be obedient and faithful especially when we are in a difficult situation is not easily. But if we always submit our lives into the hands of the God’s provision, then God will help us get out of any trouble as written in Deuteronomy 31:8: The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Let’s we hold Mary’s utterance: “I am the Lord’s servant” Yes! We are the Lord’s servant like Mary. As a servant we should to obey and have loyalty to our Lord. “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey… “(Romans 6:16)May your word to me be fulfilled.” This is evidence of Mary’s submission to God. We should to submit our entire life to the God’s will and wholeheartedly trust in Him. Do not make refusal, bargaining, or even argued with God’s plan and will.

My dear lovely readers, For Jesus’ sake, Mary have experienced a very difficult situation. But she still Obedient and faithful to God’s word and submit her life into the God’s will. As a Lord’s servant she knows what the best for her life. Mary’s obedience and faithfulness should be an example. How about us? By figure of Mary, let us renew our faith and obedience to God. Have loyalty to the Lord, which would not easily shaken by the wind in a storm even though we are in very hard and difficult situation.

“Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.” (Isaiah 32:2)

Note: I would like to thank to all the readers for your comments and suggestions on the series “Woman of Faith” I really appreciate it and every single comment and suggestion will be my valuable lesson. I knew and realized that this is an imperfect writing and I still learn on it. Let God perfected all my writing, could be useful and be a blessing to all of us. Thank you to my dear lovely friend Ar Vhee who willing to made an art work for this series. Thank you to my inspiration blog friend and sister in Christ: Sue Nash, Julie Garro, my brother in Christ Rob Barkman, my Grandma Toni and many others blog friends. Thank you for your supporting. I love you all.

Karina

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Woman of Faith (Lydia)

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This is the fifth post of “Woman of Faith” The last posts is based on the book of Esther and Sarah, The Canaanite woman, and Rahab. This time I collaborated with my friend Kimberly to write this post.  Today I had the opportunity to have breakfast with Kimberly and I tell her about my post “Woman of Faith” Then we decided to write together. For this post we chose Lydia.

And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us. (Acts: 16:13-15)

For both of us, figure of Lydia is an awesome example. Her faithful could be a wonderful testimony to every of us especially to the new Christian. We can learn something valuable from Lydia. Oftentimes after a person becomes a Christian they don’t know what to do next, or maybe they feel intimidated by other, more seasoned, Christians. A new Christian has a loss of inertia, a waning of energy.

But let’s we see Lydia. All of these matters not become a hindrance of her commitment as a new Christian. Wholeheartedly she immediately threw herself into the Kingdom of God. She provides and opens her door house, also open her heart to the weary and tortured Christians.

Her vehemence determination should to be notice. Act 16:15 mentioned: “She constrained us” it looks like there is no word “No” for an answer. She insists to taking part in the Kingdom of God work that was available to her. She does not sit around and wait for people who need her help or waiting until someone informed her that there is people who need her help. What did she do? She drowned herself into the first place of service that she could find.

She unites herself to the church ministry and then her house became the default place for worship and refuge for Christians. Even Paul and Silas came to her house. After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left. (Act 16:40).

My dear lovely blogger, there is something valuable of this story. Figure of Lydia, once again reminds us that to be active, plunge and actively involved in the ministry is do not need years of experience. Become the member of the Kingdom of Lord works just need openness of our heart. Like Lydia, she opens her heart wholeheartedly to serve God. God has opened Lydia’s heart through Paul’s message and she commit to serve God wholeheartedly, Come; now it’s our turn to get involved in God services with what we can do. Do not only sitting and waiting, to be active! Let’s we learn from Lydia’s determination and faithfulness who have longs to serve our God. If at this time we have not participated in the kingdom of God’s work starting from now let’s we thinking about what we can do.

Taking part in God’s work does not always have to be in the church. We could do the God ministry everywhere. We can do it all around us whether in our office, among our friends, our neighborhood, or even in our family. Discover our talents that we can use for God’s work. Find out where the fields of God services are available to us and which in accordance with our ability. Let’s we go to the place that God has provided, but not to the convenient and safe place as we would like. Amen.

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.(Luke 10:2)

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.(John 15:16)

Karina – Kimberly Gow – Young Christian Career Woman Fellowship

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Woman of Faith (Rahab)

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“The Lord your God, He is God in Heaven above, and in earth beneath. (Joshua 2:11).

This is the fourth post of “Woman of Faith” The last posts is based on the book of Esther, Sarah and The Canaanite Woman. This evening I chose Rahab. Many of my friends through email asked me to write about Rahab and also my lovely blog friend Julie encourage me to do this. I hope the readers will enjoy reading this post.

Rahab was known by her profession. She was not an ostracized moral leper, someone to be tolerated, but not honored. Even the men who might darken her doorstep at night would turn away from her during the day.

Rahab started as a prostitute, but learned about God. This changed her. She risked her known way of life to help the spies and start a new life with the Israelites. This is an example of how God can bless a changed heart. Rahab was in the lineage of Jesus.

Interestingly, Rahab was an Old Testament harlot who was mentioned in the New Testament for her faith. That’s right! She was mentioned right up there with Abraham, Noah, Joseph, even Moses. In Hebrews 11, often referred to as the Faith’s Hall of Fame, references are made to all of these famous Biblical figures and many more, including Rahab the harlot. “By faith,” Hebrews 11:31 reads, “By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient

One day Joshua sent two spies to observe the city of Jericho. Then they sought refuge in the Rahab’s home largely because strange men entering the home of a prostitute would not generate very much attention and suspiciously.

The king of Jericho, however, received reports that the two spies had arrived in Jericho under cover of darkness. “Behold,” he was told, “men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country.” (Joshua 2:3) He immediately dispatched his soldiers to search the Rahab’s home. But Rahab hid the two spies on her roof and told the king’s men that the two men had left the city before its gates were shut for the night.

What is the reason for Rahab saved the two spies? This is all about Rahab’s faith. Rahab dare to do it because he had heard how the magnitude of God’s power. Rahab believed even though he did not see the power of God when splitting the Red Sea and how God’s presence enabled the Israelites to keep on gaining victory after victory in war as written in the Joshua 2:8-11.

Rahab and her family were spared death because of her act of courage. More importantly, the reason she is so esteemed by in the New Testament comes from what she said to the two spies. “The Lord your God,” she told the two spies, “He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” (Joshua 2:11) In spite of the gods that Rahab and her fellow citizens worshipped, Rahab knew and professed that the Israelites’ God was the real and true. She proved her faith by her works. Rahab’s faith is not empty, much less dead. James says that faith without deeds is like a body without a spirit, which means dead (James 2:26).

 What can we learn from Rahab? Rahab did not know what happened next, but he believes, have faith in God because he had heard how the magnitude of God’s power even though she did not see directly but indirectly with her bravely she already shows her faith and accompanied with deeds.

The message here is that although faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, and real faith must have works. In other words, our faith is not and cannot be viewed as some private treasure that only we can enjoy. It must be shown for others to realize that it, too, is the real and true.

My dear lovely readers allow our faith to show up in the lives of others through service to our church and community. The Gospel can only be advanced by the expressions of love we show in the ways we serve others. There is simply no better way to win the lost for Christ. Amen.

Karina

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Woman of Faith (The Canaanite Woman)

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This is the third post of “Woman of Faith” The last posts is based on the book of Esther and Sarah. This evening I chose unknown woman figure from Canaanite. I hope the readers do not get bored to read the post of “Woman of Faith”

“Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me” (Matthew 15:25)

My dear reader, we don’t know the name of this Canaanite woman. She is not famous as Esther, Sarah, or another woman figure in the Bible. But when I read her short story I really impressed and in awe to her. Why? Let’s we take a look.

She comes to Jesus for healing her daughter. When she came to Jesus she faces three obstacles: Silence, saints, and insult. When she first begged Jesus’ mercy, Jesus doesn’t answer her word.”But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.” (Verse 23) But this fact does not discourage this woman. Have we ever praying and it seems God doesn’t answer our prayer? By this time, many people quit going to church because someone in the church says something that offends them. In verse 23, the disciples are representative and founders of the first church. They not just offend this woman, even ordered her to go away! Once again, though she got unpleasant treat this could not deter her.

Finally, Jesus calls her a dog. It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”  (Verse 26) This is a depiction that we are really not worthy to receive His mercy. Maybe we are shocked with Jesus’ answer. But this Canaanite woman is not! She knew she did not deserve to receive Jesus’ favor. She said: “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” (Verse 27)

After this testing, Jesus proclaims, “Great is thy faith” The greatest thing that can be said about us is not that we are worthy or not to receive His mercy, but that we have a great faith! This woman shows an absolute trust in, and reverence for, Jesus. She came to Jesus, she worshipped Him, and she trusted Him: “Lord, help me” with her great and unwavering faith she was able to pass all obstacles to kneel at the feet of Jesus and begs His mercy.

My dear lovely friends, I will end this post with questions. How big is our faith, now? Whether we have faith as the Canaanite woman? Whether we’re having so many obstacles that can weaken our faith? Together, let’s us ponder this story and remember what God said to us: Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20) Amen.

Karina

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Woman of Faith (Sarah)

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Dear reader, yesterday I posted an article based on book of Esther. This evening I continue with another Biblical woman figure and this time I chose Sarah.

 Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” (Genesis 21:6)

There is quite a noticeable difference between Esther and Sarah. As Abraham’s wife, Sarah did not have a comfortable life. Not like Esther who live in the palace and became a queen. Sarah did not have an easy life. She always follows her husband who following God’s leadership. She always traveled as nomad to accompany Abraham. She also did not have a permanent place or structure where they could build a house.

More tough condition is she had been unable to have children. After waiting for years and years, hoping, and praying, she still does not have children. But finally, after they become very old, God appear and promised Abraham that Sarah would conceive and bare him a son.

By this time, and especially at this age, the idea was so ludicrous and unthinkable to Sarah that she laughed in unbelief at the promise of the Lord, when it was delivered.  Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already very old and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”(Genesis 18:10-12).

Yet, the book of Hebrews tells us that she settled conviction in the Lord and in His promise: And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.”(Hebrews 11:11)

When God, in His own good timing, does eventually bless her to conceive, Sarah’s testimony is a beautiful one: “God hath made me to laugh.” The laugh of unbelief had been turned into a laugh of overflowing, unstoppable joy. She determines that she will, in fact, tell others of her great deliverance so that can rejoice with her.

What can we learn from the Sarah’s story? Sarah’s beautiful and precious testimony! It could be our reminder about God’s faithfulness. With His time, God changed our sadness and distrust become joyfulness and happiness. With His mercies and goodness, He changed something impossible and unthinkable become possible and reasonable.

My dear friends, if we’re currently in a long wait? Are we waiting for the God’s answer through our prayer? Or this time we are in a very difficult situation? Let us always remember to God’s faithfulness through this story. As God promised to Abraham, He also promised to us and with His will and His time, He will give us everything that we need. Amen.

Karina – Woman of faith –

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Woman of Faith (Esther)

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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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