Friday, January 24, 2014

Lessons from Esther: For such a time as this

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? 15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. 17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.  Esther 4:14-17

Mordecai continues his discourse with Hatach. He reminds Esther where she is living; basically reminding her that it was not by accident that she is living in the palace. “Who knows whether you are come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Out of all the girls that went to the “beauty pageant”, the king picks a little Jewish girl, a captive from Jerusalem brought to Babylon. This was not a coincidence; God was in control of the entire situation. God knew Vashti was going to be dethroned. God knew a search would be made for a new queen. God knew who the new queen would be; I believe God had picked the new queen because God knew wicked Haman’s heart.

“Dr. A.W. Tozer compared God’s sovereign purposes to an ocean liner leaving New York City, bound for Liverpool, England. The people on board the ship are free to do as they please, but they aren’t free to change the course of the ship. The mighty liner of God’s sovereign design keeps its steady course over the sea of history.” – Be Committed – Warren W. Wiersbe

This time Mordecai “got through to Esther”. Her reply was for him to get all the Jews together and fast for her. She would also get all the maids together and would fast. After the three day fast “I will go to the king, if I perish I perish.” She was now determined she would not stop until she got an answer or she died.

Each one of us is living where we should be, doing the job we should be doing for “such a time as this”. Are we looking for opportunities to share the gospel, to be a witness, to be a helping hand, to show others that we do have answers from the word of God?

Wherever you are living, whatever job you are performing, whatever school or church you may be attending, do all for the glory of God.

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31

Have a blessed day,

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