It Takes Courage to Say “No”

It Takes Courage to Say “No”

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Therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him. Esther 1:2 (KJV)

 When we read and study the book of Esther, we tend to focus on Esther’s courage of going to the king without being summoned.

Vashti was a courageous female also.

She was the king’s first wife who was entertaining her guests as the king celebrated with his guests. It took audacity for her to refuse the king when he sent for her so he could have her model for his drunken guests. The men had been drinking for several days and were very drunk. The king wanted to show off his “trophy” wife and Vashti refused, realizing there would be consequences.

Of course, the whole ordeal was orchestrated by God to get Esther on the throne so the Israelites could be saved.

But don’t forget about Vashti’s bravery the next time that you read the book of Esther.

Barbara Harvey Carter About Barbara Harvey Carter

Barbara Harvey Carter is a Registered Nurse, speaker, workshop facilitator and Christian counselor. She has a passion for women's issues and writes novels about spiritual warfare in Christian relationships. For more info, please visit her website.


  1. No can be the hardest word of all to say. For some it is very, very hard. Thanks for this simple reminder that sometimes No is best, despite the consequences.

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