TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, December 18, 2018:
The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain without fear; bravery; to act in accordance with one’s belief.
I will go to the King, which is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid, for the Lord your God, He is the one that goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Making right decisions in life takes courage because they often come with a great cost. Think how hard it would be to make a decision that could cost you your life. Queen Esther was faced with a life or death decision that she had to make that took great courage.
In the book of Esther, we read about Mordecai, a Jew in exile in Persia, who refused to bow to Haman, who was second in command to King Ahasuerus. Haman became furious and plotted to destroy not only Mordecai but all the Jews. Haman deceived the King into issuing an edict condemning the Jews to death. Then Mordecai told his cousin Queen Esther and urged her to plead for mercy for her people.
Esther recognized that God had placed her in the palace for a reason and she alone had a chance to save her people. It would require courage on her part as she would be putting her own life in danger. She knew that approaching the King without an invitation was punishable by death. She also recognized she could not do it alone. She needed God's help.
Esther then asked Mordecai to have all the Jews pray and fast for three days just as she and her maids would be doing. Then, after three days, Esther made it known to the King that she was a Jew and she would perish along with all her people.
God went before Esther and answered her prayers, and her faith and her courage to do what was right was rewarded as the Jewish people were saved.
Esther knew what God wanted her to do and she knew it could cost her life. She responded, If I perish, I perish.”
During our College days at Wheaton College, we were shocked and emotionally moved, as was our whole campus, with the announcement of the five Wheaton Alumni who were killed by the Auca Indians in Ecuador. These five dedicated missionaries had gone to a part of the world where no white man, let alone missionary had ever been. They were prepared to share their faith and translate the scriptures into their language. They knew it could cost them their lives.
They did not perish in vain because God used their deaths to open many more doors for God to make known the good news of Salvation. BUT WHAT COURAGE THESE FIVE YOUNG MEN SHOWED THE WORLD. One of the five, Jim Elliott, wrote before he went to Ecuador:
"HE IS NO FOOL WHO GIVES WHAT HE CANNOT KEEP
TO GAIN WHAT HE CANNOT LOSE."
What is our response when God makes known to us something He wants us to do that may come at a high cost? Could we say with Esther and Jim, “If I perish, I perish!”
Our memory verse for this week before Christmas is found in Luke 2:13-14.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
Give me the courage today to represent You, dear Lord, to my family, friends and associates in a new and special way. Give me the faith to do the right thing even though it may come at a high cost. Help me to trust You in all things without fear or concern knowing that You are with me every moment.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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