Re: Verse reading–Esther 4:4-17; 7:1-6 (day seven)
“I will go to the king. . .and if I perish, I perish”–4:16.
“Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake. . .will save it.”–Jesus (Luke 9:24)
It is the ultimate irony. “Playing it safe” is really unsafe! The truly dangerous choice. The way of wisdom is to RISK LIFE in pursuit of Christ.
Esther decides to go see the King. A teenage girl decides to break up with her bad-news boyfriend. A Christian couple decides to stay where God called them in deliberate defiance of strong “consumer” desires. The call of Christ requires us to abandon personal safety as our highest value. We lose the life we wanted, the life we imagined.
The result? We find true life! Now and in eternity. We save ourselves and our days for life as God designed it to be. . .a great and dangerous adventure with the living God.