Google+ 02/07/13 For Such a Time as This!

Esther 4:13-14

 

Mordecai sent this reply to Esther:

“Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed.

If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place,

But you and your relatives will die.

Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” 

 

More than anything else in today's ministry, I hear people, and my Family of God, struggling with what God would have them do with their life and circumstances.  Esther is an interesting book in the Bible.  First of all, we have no idea who wrote this book.  Biblical scholars, for the most part, don't even venture a guess.  Secondly, the book never mentions the Hebrew word for God or Lord!  Thirdly, the entire book deals with anti-Semitism, which is the book's most important purpose.  Esther frankly deals with what happens when we try to exterminate an entire race of people.  Even though the name of God is not mentioned in this book, His sovereignty and providence are evident throughout all the chapters.  Finally, we see the story of Esther, who was the Jewish queen of a Persian King!  Wow, there's one for the record books!!  Esther delivers her people, the Jews, from a plot to annihilate them.  Esther's miraculous story of rising from an unknown Jewish girl to the queen of a mighty empire, demonstrates how God uses events and people to fulfill His promises to His chosen people.  Her cousin Mordecai, reminds her that she will be killed with all the Jews, palace or not!  Then Mordecai delivers the most important message Esther will ever hear.  He tells her that she should not be quiet and makes her ponder the question, "How do you know that you were not made queen for such a time as this?"  So, if you have been wondering what you are supposed to do in God's Kingdom, spend some time with Esther and Mordecai.  Let me ask the question.  Look at your life right now which might possibly be in great turmoil like Esther, and put your name in the blank!  If you think about it, you are probably the only one that can handle the specific circumstance you are in right now for God.  So no one is confused and I am crystal clear, your testimony to the "Persians" and the "Jews" may simply be to live a Christian life and not be quiet.  Maybe people simply need to see your everyday example and hear the truth, no matter how painful that may be for you and them.  People need to see Jesus through you.  Only God knows why, when and who, but someone that you are coming in contact with everyday needs YOUR example and God's message as a beacon of hope in their life.  By the way, the opposite of love is not hate.  The opposite of love is indifference.  So if someone is telling you how much they "hate" you, ask yourself why.  If they truly hate you, why tell you?  They should just ignore you as the unimportant person they think you are.  As strange as it may sound, my ministerial experience has shown me that if they are explaining how much they hate you, they are really trying to find someway to love you!  That is why God tells us to pray for our "enemies."  These "enemies" may never figure it out.  Pharaoh never did.  But through it all, Moses just did what God told him to do and acted accordingly.  Moses never drowned anyone!!  God did that.  So, be lifted up, because God has placed and is using you in your situation today "For Such a Time as This!"