Esther 4:15 “Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,”

Esther 4:16 “Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”

Esther 4:17 “So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.”

In the period of crisis, the best of men can collapse like a pack of cards. Men can become so confused that they don’t know what to do. Challenges of life can break a strong man into pieces, such was the situation in this case. Hear this:

Esther 4:1 “When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;”

When the news of Haman’s plot and the signed decree was broken to Mordecai, the strong man rent his clothes, put on sackcloth, put ashes on his head, went into the center of the city and began weeping like a baby. The Bible even described the tears as bitter cry.

The situation completely overwhelmed him and confusion set in. Mordecai began to cry but unfortunately he didn’t have answers neither was he able to proffer a solution. It was at that point he ran to Esther.

Beloved, Esther rose up like a lion and swung into action. This woman took the lead and rescued her people. Leadership shows up when challenges come up. Many people want to be referred to as leaders but cannot stand up to be counted in moments of despair.

You don’t become a leader by running back, you become one by taking the bull by the horn. Esther set the pace and the leader in her emerged. Challenges of life are not meant to destroy us but rather to reveal the stuff in us and take us higher in life.

To be continued…

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