We all like heroes because they make us believe there is still some good in the world. We like heroes because they show courage in the face of crisis and exude confidence, even if they will admit later they were scared to death or they were just doing their jobs.
The Bible has heroes too; heroes of the faith. But they are also people like us, made of the same stuff. What sets them apart isn’t so much their courage as their faith. When a crisis comes, the residuals of the world and flesh are revealed and faith is proven for what it is. A crisis can call out the faith in us or deplete us.
Two such heroes are Mordecai and Esther. Faced with a genocide of the entire Jewish population in captivity, the two endured the crisis and revealed the nature of true faith. Mordecai said, “Esther if you don’t do something about this crisis, deliverance will come from another place. But how do you know that you haven’t come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” Esther said, “I’ll do. You pray and fast, I’ll pray and fast and if I perish, I perish.” Sounds heroic, right?
Here are 10 things in now particular order about the crisis they faced that brought out of their faith:
- True faith is both optimistic and willing to “lose.” They believed God and left the outcome in his hands.
- True faith sees opportunities and expresses encouragement.
- True faith is sensitive to God’s timing and willing to wait.
- True faith takes risks for big things.
- True faith is born of confidence in God.
- True faith acts; it makes wise plans and executes them patiently.
- True faith looks to God first in every circumstance; crisis or not.
- True faith recognizes personal inadequacy and calls for the Spirit’s help; a sort of spiritual 911.
- True faith is not afraid to alert others to the dangers ahead.
- True faith rallies a network of help.
Father, we may not be facing a crisis yet but we have a situation for which we can’t plan well. Give us faith to face the changes we see on the horizon. Reveal your plans so we can walk in true faith. Father us into your will as you’ve done before.