For Such A Time As This

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Esther 4:14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. What's more, who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?"

The hatred of one man, Haman, put the entire Jewish nation at risk of genocide. Haman's hatred for Mordecai, who refused the kimg's decree to bow down and worship before another man caused him to persuade the kimg to destroy all the Jews.

When Esther, who was both a Jew and the Queen, learned that Mordecai had been praying and fasting for God's intervention because of the kimg's death decree, she requested to see him.

Esther had obtained a place of high privilege as the queen. She did not need to involve herself in the plight of "lesser" people. However, because she was a Jew, she would have probably suffered the same fate as all other Jews.

Mordechai appealed to her to intercede before the king on behalf of her people, even though appearing before the king without an invitation could bring instant death. The challenge that Mordecai issued to Esther is the same for us today,"Who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?"

We all must recognize that our lives were not given to only enjoy comfort and privilege. For Esther, it didn't get any better than being a queen.

I believe that there are occasions during our lives when the destiny and purpose of God requires of us to step outside of our comfort and privilege. In fact, our decision to risk everything in obedience to God is necessary to help and deliver others. It is not that we are the only persons that can do God's work. It is that if we do nothing when we have the opportunity to do so, someone else will suffer.

God is looking for people who recognize that they are alive "For such a time as this" and will follow the example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

This is our time to take action!