Heroism is an act of extraordinary bravery, involving potentially great peril or even intentional sacrifice. People often look to Esther as a great heroine in Scripture. And she was—but before she and Mordecai stepped into a risky, life-threatening moment of justice, they did something just as heroic. They sought God in prayer. True heroism in the biblical sense begins not with action or words, but in lament and worship before God.
Our culture tends to operate according to a bootstraps mentality—when things are tough, we should simply pick ourselves up, work hard, and get it done! Though there is something to be said about an unyielding work ethic, that’s certainly not all there is to it. As Christians, we know that all things are ultimately under God’s control, and though there is definitely a time for engaging, there is also a time to withdraw our hands from the plow and do the hard work of wrestling with God over the things that burden us.
- What things are you desperate to see God accomplish? How have you relied on yourself in pursuing these things? Recognizing our weaknesses—particularly in relation to God’s infinite power—is key to the Christian life and is always demonstrated in a life dependent on prayer.
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