As we are on the eve of Purim I am reminded of what we are celebrating. For at the heart of Purim is the courage that comes with conviction. At its heart is the willingness to stand for what is right even when it potentially places us in harm’s way. Purim is about courage and deliverance. It about a God that takes the plans of the enemy to kill, steal and destroy and turns them back upon him.
While There is but one Purim celebration, there is a need for Esthers in this hour. There is a need for those who will stop at nothing to fulfill the calling placed upon their lives. There is a need for us to acknowledge that it is for such a time as this that we have been born.
The spirit of Haman is arising in this land and as such it is critical that the spirit of Esther also arises to stand in the gap for God’s people.
We must set our resolve in our hearts and in our words, “If I perish I perish” because there is something far greater than ourselves. We lay our lives on the alter because we choose the LORD’s will ahead of our own. A nation hangs in the balance. Whether these times are ones we will look upon with gratitude or with grief depends on the decisions made in this hour.
How appropriate that on this day the Prime Minister of Israel stands before the powers of this nation to plead on behalf of his own. He comes boldly despite the threats of a President that would gladly proclaim himself as a king. He comes despite the uncertainty of the situation and despite the potential ramifications. Benjamin Netanyahu serves as an example of what the spirit of Esther can look like.
Pray for him and pray for this nation’s leaders that they would be moved with compassion to protect and preserve the state of Israel. In doing so you are not merely praying for him but also for yourselves, your families and your communities. The blessings of God are tied to our blessings over Israel. We must stand with them now.
~ Mitch Salmon
Mitch Salmon is a follower of Jesus Christ and proclaimer of the Good News – The Gospel of Christ Jesus!