MONDAY 13TH AUGUST, 2018
THEME: THE COURAGE TO ACT
TEXT: ESTHER 7:1-10
MEMORY VERSE: Esther 4:14 “For if you altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knows whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Queen Esther is a very important example of someone who took her life in her own hands and made good use of the opportunity she had for the benefits of her people. Many people in a dire situation have the wherewithal to make a change, but few people have that courage to act as appropriate. Mordecai challenged her to seek for rescue and she had a good plan which she followed through to the end. I give kudos to her for the words “if I perish I perish”. (Esther 4:16). She was indeed a woman of courage.
The Queen was not very much qualified to say some things because of her background, being a Jew, but she achieved purpose. May the Lord help us with the courage to achieve purpose in the name of Jesus Christ. How did she act?
She acted in faith and by faith. She believed she would make it through and it did come through.
She acted in sacrifice: Nothing good comes easily; someone must pay a price for others to be saved.
She acted with courage: Many people started a good thing but lacked the courage to take it through, and abandoned it halfway.
She also acted with spiritual support: Remember that when she gave orders to Mordecai to fast, she also said that she and her maidens in the palace would fast. This was spiritual backup.
Finally, she acted with a planned strategy: She invited the King and Haman to a banquet (5:4), This made the plan to work through.
We all must be courageous in all we do and employ all our senses to achieve our aims. God is still in the act of supporting those who act in line with His words.
HYMN: EMHB 498–ROCK OF AGES, CLEFT FOR ME…
PRAYER: Lord, strengthen my heart to stand in times of need for the Church, for others and myself in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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