Make Much of Such a Time

“When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry… Esther the queen was deeply distressed [and] called for Hathach, and ordered him to go to Mordecai to learn what this was and why it was… 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 decree issued 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.

“[Esther said], ‘All know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death.’ Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, ‘If you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place… And 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.’ Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.” Esther 4:1,4-5,7-8,11,13-17

God’s sovereign hand had moved the chess pieces of a rebel queen’s expulsion, a king’s harem, the overhearing of one plot against the king, the crafting of another against the Jews, and now He zeroed in on one benevolent uncle and his adopted niece, the new queen, in the Persian capital of Susa. The message from Mordecai to Esther: ‘Make much of such a time.’ God in His goodness, His vast power and infinite wisdom, had brought all history and His individual people to this setting in this hour, and He had a task for them to do. If Esther refused, He would still accomplish His plans, but she would miss out on being a part and experiencing His glorious deliverance.

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There is supernatural activity going on everywhere, all the time, and Almighty God assigns our specific places and roles to participate in His kingdom work. Are we attuned to Him, and available? It takes sharp eyes to see, time and attention to hear, and a willing readiness to grip the mantle of prayer, take the risk, approach the throne, seize His appointments.

What and where specifically would God have us instigate revival, speak life-giving truth, join a movement that would make a difference for eternity? Whom does He want us to encourage, admonish, or comfort today? What time, resources, unique talents would He employ?

Lord, help me know and embrace Your plan for my ‘such a time.’ Grant me bold courage to plead, risk, and obey, for Your holy sake and glory.

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