For Such a Time

Hathach went out to Mordecai… in front of the king’s gate, and Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the exact sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries for the destruction of the Jews. Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa for their destruction, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her and command her to go to the king to beg his favor and plead with him on behalf of her people. ‘[Tell Esther,] “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews… Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”’ Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.’” Esther 4:6-8,13-16 

Esther recognized the seriousness of the edict against all Jews, and, knowing the law was against her in attempting to approach the king without being summoned, was yet moved by the sense of God’s providence. We can infer that her uncle had taught her of God’s marvelous, hidden, supernatural ways, and that she understood it was He Who had placed her in the palace at this particular time for a special work. Emboldened by the fasting and prayer from her people, she arranged the settings for conversation and maneuvered patiently through timing to uncover the perpetrator’s plot. Her thoughtful, clever planning unfolded and she dauntlessly approached the king with her request.

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Without a mention of God’s name in this book, His hand actively moves throughout, and His voice urges us to follow Esther’s example of willing, confident bravery in our appointed time and place. “He himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.” If God is sovereign, it is not only a comfort to rest in the hard places where He has us, but it should motivate us to be bold and act in the challenges and opportunities He presents. What a privilege to be part of His grand scheme of life and history and kingdom building! (Acts 17:25-26)

What each of us goes through is unique to God’s plan for us. He masterfully entwines our lives with others to give us chances to support, lean on, pray, get involved, observe glimpses of His beauty in all that transpires. I am where I am because of His grace; His providence rules, and in that I can rejoice. Am I prone to compare with envy, or criticism, or dissatisfaction, or do I gratefully accept my lot and place and expectantly listen for His personal call to me?

Father, You have me here and now for Your such time. Keep my knees bowed, my hands and feet ready for Your every assignment, that Your will be done.

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