On the first day of a new job, I was told not to eat in the cafeteria. Since I had not brought my lunch, I didn’t think I had a choice; so I ate in the cafeteria. I spent the entire afternoon getting sick in trashcans – with my co-workers replacing them every hour, as needed. Embarrassing? Humiliating? Well, of course! I wanted to crawl in a hole and die of embarrassment. My act of bravery that week was going back to work the next day -- even my co-workers were surprised that I came back!  

We’ve been looking at the theme of bravery in the book of Esther – bravery on the part of Mordecai in not bowing down to Haman, bravery on the part of Esther in speaking to the king – bravery in doing the right thing – even when there was a risk.

Now let’s fast forward to the 21st century. Here are some questions for today: 

  • Are we training our children to be brave? Or are we so concerned with protecting our children from the bumps and bruises of life that we fail to give them the opportunity to grow up and be brave? 
  • Are we raising young men and women to have godly character and bravely stand for what is right and good? Or are we raising young men and women who will always be looking for someone else to shelter them and take that stand for truth?
  • Are we modeling bravery for others?

We can imagine that there was a part of Mordecai that wanted to protect his young relative from the danger she could face; but I believe there was an even bigger part of him that remembered he had trained her to be brave perhaps “for such a time as this.”

But there was another reason that Mordecai could confidently challenge Esther to be brave – a reason that can be summed up in five words: the invisible hand of God. 

The lyrics from the Christian song, “Waymaker,” spell it out for us:

“Even when I can’t see it, You’re working
Evening when I can’t feel it, You’re working
You never stop, You never stop working”

Because we know that God is always working in and through us whether we see His hand or not, we can be brave, we can be courageous. 

Sometimes bravery might be saving someone from a burning building or standing up for what is right. But sometimes bravery is just showing up for another day. Ask God to show you when and how to be brave today.

“To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:7)

By Judy Shrout






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