When Mordecai hears that Esther is hesitating to go before the king because she doesn’t want to “get her head chopped off,” Mordecai replies, “Let me tell you, little miss (that is, my Queen), how it’s really going to come down if you don’t approach King Xerxes! If you don’t go to the king and beg for mercy for your own people—with or without you—God will rescue them.”
Mordecai knew the history of the Jews. He had heard and memorized the stories of God’s provision and protection for His People through battle after battle against enemy armies. He knew the story of Gideon and his small army defeating the Midianites (Judges 7). Then there was Jonathan and his armor-bearer against the Philistines (I Samuel 14), and the story of David and Goliath, and the defeat of the Philistines (I Samuel 17). Mordecai had probably told these stories and many others to his family, including Esther, so she knew them too. These stories built Mordecai’s faith in God. His confidence that God always has a plan to save His own led him to say in Esther 4:14,
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place…”
So Esther had a choice to make, not for the Jews’ sake so much, but for herself and her family, because Mordecai goes on to say, “…but you and your father’s family <that includes me> will perish” (Esther 4:14). God was giving Esther—just a young lady with very little influence—the opportunity to be a big part of His amazing plan to save His people. Did she remember the stories of the young David, Gideon, and Jonathan? God had used these young men who had very little influence to play big parts in His plan to save His people and build the Jewish nation. If she trusted Mordecai and shared in his confidence in God to save the Jews, then she could go into the throne room trusting that God was with her since she was one of His children.
Gideon and Jonathan had been where God intended them to be at the right time to do His Will and defeat the enemy. David came to the frontlines of the battle against the Philistines at the right time to kill Goliath, send the Philistines packing, and save the Israelites. That was part of God’s plan to get David into position to eventually become the king of the Jewish nation. God knew all through Esther’s less than glamorous early life that she would end up in a Persian palace as the wife and queen of King Xerxes. Now perhaps it was Esther’s turn to participate in God’s plan. She was at the right place at the right time…now, would she do the right thing?
And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?
No Jew, including Esther, was immune from Haman’s decree of death. None of us are immune from the judgment of sin. Romans 3:23, “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
And Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death.…”
BUT GOD (I love that!) always has a plan. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, (Jesus) that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God doesn’t want “anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
I believe that most of us have accepted God’s plan of salvation for ourselves. But we all have a “nation” around us. It includes family members, neighbors, co-workers, and strangers in the marketplace. “…for such a time as this,” God has placed each of us in our “nation” to potentially make an eternal difference in people’s lives.
Romans 10:14, “How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to <sharing with> them?”
God has a plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Your life may be less than glamorous, and you may think that you don’t have enough clout to make a difference. BUT GOD has positioned you where you are in life and He knows all about timing. Now, like Esther, it is your decision. Will you step out in submission, faith, and confidence, and share God’s loving plan of salvation with those in your little “nation?” Darlene Schacht says, “…when God gives us an opportunity to serve Him we must take it. It is an honor and a privilege to serve God.”
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!
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Dear Lord, we come before You today with grateful hearts for all that You are doing in our lives as we grow in the knowledge and love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, through Your Word we see that You have great plans us, and we want to be submissive to You. We know that You have our best interest in mind. Through this study we also realize that within Your plan You have planned for us to share Your Good News with our little “nation” around us. Holy Spirit, please help each of us to be willing to step out in faith and confidence to share when You give us opportunity. “For such a time as this” may be the day of salvation for a friend or a stranger. In Jesus’ Name.