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Esther: Guided By His Wisdom & Saving Grace

Esther 4:16: Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

In the heart of the Persian Empire, there lived a young Jewish woman named Esther, whose faith and courage would become a beacon of hope for her people. Orphaned at a young age, she was raised by her cousin Mordecai, who instilled in her a deep love for God and her heritage.

Esther’s life took an unexpected turn when she was taken to the palace of King Ahasuerus. Her beauty and grace won the king’s favor, and she became queen, though her Jewish identity remained a secret. Meanwhile, Mordecai uncovered a plot to destroy the Jews and implored Esther to use her influence to save her people.

Esther knew the risk; approaching the king unbidden could mean death. Yet, her faith in God gave her strength. She declared, “If I perish, I perish”- (Esther 4:16) and called for a fast among her people, seeking God’s favor.

Clad in royal robes, Esther approached the throne. The king extended his golden scepter, a sign of acceptance. She invited him and Haman, the king’s advisor who plotted against the Jews, to a banquet. There, she revealed her heritage and Haman’s scheme. The king, enraged by the betrayal, ordered Haman’s execution and granted the Jews the right to defend themselves.

Esther’s bravery and faith saved her people from destruction. Her love for the king mirrored the love of the church for Christ, a relationship built on devotion and sacrifice. Her steadfast and unwavering bravery and love for the LORD and her husband – and her people – are admirable and immeasurable traits that most Christians would love to emulate today. Her story in the Bible is one that is popular with all those of faith but stands a favorite of mainly women who are amazed by her wisdom from God as He guided her towards victory. A victory we all have in Christ!

As we reflect on Esther’s story, let us ask ourselves:

  • How can we show courage in the face of adversity?
  • In what ways can we stand up for justice and truth today?

 “Dear LORD, just as Esther found favor in Your eyes and saved her people, grant us the courage to face our challenges with faith. May we, too, be instruments of Your grace and love in Jesus name, Amen.”

About C D SWANSON

C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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4 comments

  1. Dear friend, this writing truly encourages me to look the challenges face on and embrace them with the faith of Esther. We are not alone but have Jesus’ Spirit as our Help. Blessings to you Camille.

  2. esther was a shining example of faith and courage

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