Be Courageous

by Rev. Tessa Zehring

Read - Esther 5:1-8

Most would say the opposite of courage is fear. To have courage you cannot have fear. I agree more with the quote attributed to Franklin D. Roosevelt, originally said by Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon (born James Neil Hollingworth,), “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

Queen Esther is one of the best examples of being courageous. In the scripture, Queen Esther has gone to see the king in the inner court of the palace. She has not been invited to the inner palace, so she has risked her life. If the king is not happy she is there, he can order her to be killed. So why go? Because she was the only one who could save the people of Israel from all being killed. I would guess she has a bit of fear, but to her this is more important.

I cannot relate to losing my life to share God’s love. Yet, the world we live in right now is not without fear. Is sharing about the love of Christ more important than that fear? Is standing up for God’s justice?

Lord, help me have courage in the midst of the fear I feel. You understand, let your Spirit help me understand too. Amen.
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