For Such a Time as this (Part 1)

estherWhen reading the book of Esther we see God everywhere. As the last words are read and we shut our Bibles most would agree it is one of the most “God-is-very-involved-in-our-lives” portions in all of Scripture – which makes the fact that God is never mentioned quite befuddling. With the exception of the Song of Solomon (depending on interpretation), the book of Esther is alone in its exclusion of God.

Nevertheless, God is indeed the main character in this drama. And as this very true story of Esther begins we see a great stage being set. The players are taking their places. They do not realize what profound and eternal roles they will play. Perhaps they felt little, weak, insignificant and of no worth. But where God works little becomes big, weakness becomes strength, insignificant becomes world-changing and worthless becomes riches beyond measure.

Are the words of the previous paragraph unique to Esther and those in her story, in her life, in her time? No, they are not. They are mine and they are yours as well. “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther was asked. It was her time just as now is our time. How did Esther respond? How shall we?

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