For almost a month I studied the biblical character of Esther; both her life and the book where her story is found. One of the things that stands out the most to me is her strength. She is strong in character, strong in emotion, and strong in her courage and faith. We as young women can learn much from her life and example.
I am not going to tell you the story of Esther, I’m going to assume you already know most of her story already. If not, you can read her whole story in the Old Testament book of Esther.
Here are just a few things we can learn from Esther about becoming a woman of strength.
Becoming a Woman of Strength
1) A Woman of Strength has a Beautiful Heart
Esther was not only physically beautiful; she must have had a beautiful heart too. We see that she found favor with Hegai the keeper of the women. She was submissive to her cousin Mordecai. And all throughout her story her actions prove they had to come from a strong and beautiful heart. Physical beauty can only go so far. It’s likely that her beautiful heart made the biggest difference when it came to saving her people. A woman of strength must first have a beautiful heart.
2) A Woman of Strength Listens to and Follows Wise Counsel
Several times in her story we see Esther listening to and following advice. She listened to and obeyed Mordecai (2:20), and she took the advice of Hegai (2:15). She again listened to Mordecai when he told her that she must go before the king on behalf of her people (4:13-16). A woman of strength will seek wise counsel and follow it.
3) A Woman of Strength is Not Completely Overcome by Emotions
When Esther heard the king’s decree from Mordecai, she was exceedingly grieved (4:4) but that did not stop her from taking action. She sent clothing to Mordecai and proceeded to communicate with him until a decision was made about their next course of action. Even in the midst of her grief, she did not allow her emotions to completely overcome her thoughts or decisions. A woman of strength controls her emotions rather than being controlled by them.
4) A Woman of Strength Will Stand for Right No Matter What the Cost
When Esther made the decision to go before the king, she knew her life would be at stake. However, for the sake of her people she made her decision. She decided to risk her life for what was right. A woman of strength will stand for what is right no matter what the cost to her personally.
I Would Love to Know
Which of the above traits are lacking in your life? For me personally, I don’t think I would have enough courage to do what Esther did. I am not sure I would have been able to overcome my own feelings of grief and fear.
Would You Like to Know More?
During my study of Esther, I used a few books to guide me (besides the Bible of course!). My favorite while doing this study was the book: Becoming a Woman of Beauty and Strength by Elizabeth George (affiliate link).
Also, be sure to check out my Books to Read page for more reading suggestions.
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