For Such a Time as this (Part 9)

estherLast time we ended with the Hitler-like Haman on top of the world. The king deceived. The Jews doomed. And now we find Mordecai in sackcloth and the Jews in mourning. Queen Esther soon learned of her uncle’s anguish and inquired through her servant Hathach as to what was happening. Mordecai sent him back with all the details of Haman’s plot and told her to go to King Ahasuerus and plead for her people’s lives. Esther sent a message right back explaining that no one went to the king unless summoned. If one does go and the king doesn’t hold out his golden scepter, it’s curtains! And she continued, even she the queen had not been called for in a month. Not to mention, the king did not know that she was a Jew and then he would know, and basically her beloved uncle was going to get her killed! “So they told Mordecai Esther’s words.” (4:12)

And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (4:13, 14)

In the book of Ephesians we are told that before we ever stepped foot upon this earth, God had prepared works for us to do. As He told Isaiah and Jeremiah and others in Scripture that before they were born He had their tables already set. He had their times and places and people to know and meet waiting for them. Just like before Satan crashed Eden’s garden party, God had a Redeemer at the ready. Jesus revealed in the gospel of John, chapter 9, that the blind man was born blind so Jesus could heal him on that day and show Jesus to be God and the blind man to be His witness down through the centuries. Jesus later told Peter what his destiny would be and it was so.

You and I are here for such a time as this. If we do whatever God has prepared us for and put us here for – what might it cost us – perhaps our high position; our seat of power; our possessions or our popularity; maybe a friendship or a dream or…our very life. That is what Esther faced. What would she do? What would you do?

Esther sent word back to Mordecai to call for all of God’s people to fast and pray. “And I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (4:15,16) Esther was taking up her cross and walking into the paradox spoken of by Jesus Christ: “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Mark 16:25) The Apostle Paul learned this as well: “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.” (Philippians 3:7)

What is God asking of me today? – of you today? Are we willing to lose our gain in order to have His? Even…“if I perish, I perish!?”

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