For Such a Time as this (Part 3)

estherIn Part II we introduced King Ahasuerus and the one hundred and eighty day tour for his “boys” to see all his stuff. “When these days were completed, the king made a feast lasting seven days for all the people who were present in Shushan the citadel, from great to small, in the court of the king’s palace.” (1:5) We also get some description about the stuff included with this shin ding: White and blue linen curtains, silver rods, marble pillars, “and the couches were of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of alabaster, turquoise, and white and black marble.” (1:6) The royal wine was served in abundance in golden vessels – and man, that’s a lot of party!

Maybe it’s just me, but have you noticed how party obsessed our culture is now a days? Any holiday – party! Weekend’s – party! Special events – party included! Momma got new shoes – hey, let’s party! I think we adore parties because they’re noisy and busy and distracting. In another forum I wrote of this: “Our televisions and radios blare, phones ring, horns honk, as we sing and yell and dwell amidst a never-ending chorus of noise. We try to drown out the quiet, resist the stillness, and flee from the reality of our fallen state.” We don’t want even a glimpse of the beauty, the perfection, the glory of our Creator if it means seeing the ugliness, the brokenness, the gloom within ourselves.

The Apostle Peter instructs believers on how to spend our “such a time” thusly: “Since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles – when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.” (I Peter 4:1-3)

While a party, like stuff, is in and of itself benign, the believer does not want to try to drown, to resist or to flee from the quiet and the stillness where we can relate to our Creator and Father in all truth. The believer gathers in fellowship and celebrations to learn and to do the will of God, not run from it.

Again, we are here on this earth, this stage, right here, right now for such a time as this – are we living for the noise and toys or “according to God in the spirit.” (I Peter 4:6c)

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