Courage in the Chaos
In a time of hardship and chaos for the nation of Israel, Mordechai wisely reminds Esther of her purpose with these words, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 NIV) How fitting these ancient words are for 2020!
The need in our communities is so great and fear seems to be the instinctual response, but God does not call us to operate in fear. God’s call to His people is always to step forward with courage and wisdom. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Tim 1:7) Many have risen to the challenge and taken action to help others who are in need.
There have been countless stories of teachers and coaches finding creative ways to reach out to children isolated at home. Something as simple as driving by a child’s house or calling them on the phone has made an eternal impact. Friends and family who have organized “parades” and put up signs so others can join in graduation, anniversary and birthday celebrations. What a blessing it has been to see people from all walks of life chose courage over fear and seek God’s wisdom in offering aid to the hurting!
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