For Such a Time as This

Esther 4

13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.

14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

The story of Esther is one of my favorites in the entire Bible.  Esther 4:1-17 details the account of Mordecai’s calling Esther to stand up for her people given the position in which God had placed her.  We know the story that the king found Esther to be the most beautiful of all the women to replace Queen Vashti. (Don’t think for a minute that Esther’s beauty, both internal and external, was a mistake!) We can read between the lines a little bit to understand that Esther and Mordecai had a good relationship.  As the queen, Esther could have ignored Mordecai, but we find that she honored her uncle and his admonition as if he were her father.  I don’t think it is inappropriate here to assume that Esther was fearful of what would happen to her and to her people – the Jews – should Haman’s decree be fulfilled. The presence of fear does not make a person un-spiritual.  We find that when presented with the facts at hand – that even as the queen she could not escape the pending judgment for the Jews – a spiritual person will act upon that fear realizing that God has placed him in this specific situation “for such a time as this.”

What are you facing today that brings doubts and fear into your heart?  What obstacle looms in your path and seems insurmountable?  Could it be that God has placed you in this particular situation “for such a time as this”?  It could be that those who are watching you will increase in their faith as they see how you handle such a situation.  It could be that God in His sovereignty has taken you through some tough times so that you could be a blessing to someone encountering the same type of struggle.  Mark it down – nothing happens to us or in our lives by accident.  Don’t allow your fear to overwhelm you.  If Esther had been ruled by fear, we don’t know where the Jews would be today.  Whatever it is that is facing you today, remember that God has placed you exactly where you are today “for such a time as this”!  Trust Him, obey Him, and watch the marvelous things He can and will do through you.  God used Esther to save the Jewish race.  What will you allow God to do through you today?