The Cowardly Lion

The definition of courage from dictionary.com is:

cour·age

the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.

I don’t know about you, but there are two words in this definition that throw me.

Without fear.
….without fear.

Can you imagine being without fear?   I have a hard time believing that.  I’m sorry dictionary.com, but we’re going to have to agree to disagree.

Courage has been on my mind lately.  I have been watching a Beth Moore study over Esther with a group of girls from church.  I highly recommend it.  Esther is truly a marvelous example of having complete faith in the Lord.

Back to being “without fear”

Esther’s situation was life or death.  Not only was Esther in jeopardy, but her PEOPLE were in jeopardy.  If Esther did not talk to the King, her people would be slaughtered.

Now, not only is Esther nervous because if you approach the king without an invitation, he can either put out his golden scepter and accept you, or not and you die; but the king had not called on Esther for 30 days.
Now, it’s not like Esther was sitting in her rooms, facebook creeping her husband.  They weren’t texting, no calling, no twitter.  The king had literally not called on his Queen for 30 days.
So Esther, after not seeing her husband for 30 days (because he was probably with his other women) gets up the courage to go speak to him and has a plan on behalf of her people (which could likely get her killed).
Do you honestly think she wasn’t shaking in her boots?  Do you really think she was without fear?

Not only would she be scared for her life, but she was most likely experiencing mad doubt and wonderment at why the King hadn’t called upon her for THIRTY WHOLE DAYS.

Esther had the courage to go to the King.  Do you know why?  It wasn’t because she was Queen.  It wasn’t because she was confident in her beauty.  It was because of the LORD.   He had a plan.
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Esther might have thought she was an insignificant woman.  A lowly orphan.  Yet she wasn’t.  She had to find her identity in Christ, and realize that she was part of something bigger than herself.  She had to realize that she was LOVED.
I don’t think for one second that Esther wasn’t scared.  If she’s anything like me, she probably cried every night that she fasted, asking the Lord to please intervene.
But He didn’t.  At least not in the way she thought He should. (ha)

Esther had a destiny, and it was a big one.

All we can do is put our trust in the Lord and know that He’ll come through.  Each and every time we go to Him, we can know that He will put out His golden scepter and accept us into his loving arms.