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DEPENDENT: Esther 4:12–16

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When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “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 4:12–16)

REFLECT

The story of Esther is invasive.

Of course, it’s interesting. It’s a favorite book of the Bible, yet, strangely, it never mentions God. You can’t miss his hand in these pages, but you will not find his name. Beyond interesting, it’s inspirational. Generations have drawn courage from the example of Esther. So much so, that Hitler banned this book for fear that it would inspire the rise of another leader like her.

But it is more than interesting or inspiring. The story of Esther is invasive. The Holy Spirit pushes it into our hearts and confronts us with its meaning. He reminds us that none of us have the power to do everything. But when we have the power to do something, it is wrong to do nothing.

We are often asked to be the lone ones with small voices, walking into the throne room with borrowed strength because we live by the agenda of another King. You know that feeling, don’t you? The one in the pit of your stomach, lump in your throat, sweat on your palms, and heat on your face. Heart racing and tears on the edge of your eyes. There’s a word for that feeling. It’s called courage.

God is crafting an intricate story, unfolding plot twists you never dreamed possible, weaving your story into his sweeping narrative of hope. You have a role. And no one else can play your part. Not because he needs you. It’s better than that. He wants you.

You can’t make your life count; it already does. Will you leverage your small role, small power, small moments for his glory, purpose, and kingdom?

PRAY

God of Esther, ignite a courage in me to speak truth to power, and live truth in the midst of opposition. Help me to raise my voice, even when it shakes. Enable me to speak up for those who have no voice. Help me to depend on you as the source of my strength, because the strength I have is not enough. In Jesus’ name, amen.

CONFERENCE

Have you ever found yourself in a moment when you had to depend on God for courage? Share your story with your band.