“Then Queen Esther answered, ‘If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request.’”Esther 7:3
Esther faced a fearful situation. She was asked to speak to the king to save her people, but the only way to do this was when the king summoned her. Since it had been 30 days since she’d been called in, it could mean death for her to appear without the king’s invitation. She begged her people to pray for her because the expectation of death was very real, and then Esther bravely approached the king to save her people.
In 2014, there was a great need for doctors to treat Ebola patients in Liberia. The risks were high, yet medical missionary teams responded to help save people’s lives. After two members of the team contracted the deadly disease, Franklin Graham was asked to comment and said, “I think when there’s a crisis, God wants us to be there. He doesn’t want us to run away. God has put us there for a reason, and He expects us to do something about it.”
Wherever the Lord has placed you, may you rise up in faith and answer His call. It may not necessarily mean you’ll risk death, but you may indeed save a life.
“[There is] a message that… the church needs to hear right now: to act out of love instead of reacting out of fear.” (Dr. Kent Brantly, 2014)