Monday, July 22, 2013

Such a Time as This 7/22/2013

"Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, 'Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews.  For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?'” Esther 4:13-14

There are times when we wonder why we are in a particular situation or place.  To be sure, we work hard to attain certain positions or circumstances but it is not unusal to occasionally look around and wonder if there is something more regarding the reason for being there.  This can be especially true if we happen to have our spiritual glasses on that day.

Esther was a young Jewish orphaned woman who, through a chain of evidently God led events, became queen to the king of a vast empire.  Unfortunately, one of the king's trusted noblemen developed an intense dislike for a Jewish man named Mordacai in particular and the Jewish people in general.  This dislike was so intense that he plotted to kill each and every one of them.  Upon hearing this, Mordecai urged his adopted daughter (Esther was actually his uncle's daughter) to get involved and make an appeal to the king.  Due to a law that promised death to anyone who sought the king that was not summoned or to which he did not extend his golden scepter as permission to approach, Esther was reluctant to say the leat.

Beloved, there may be times when we find ourselved in uncomfortable situations were we may even be in some type of jeopardy.  We should always be on the lookout for how we can make a positive difference.  We must examine whether there is a way we can use the position or stature we have been granted by God to do the work of God.  Though there may be benefits to us that result from the positions we hold or the situations we have attained, which was surely the case for Esther, it is more than possible that it is a platform for the Almighty and that we have been placed there for His glory.

Esther did indeed respond and as a result, all the Jews were spared and the enemy was destroyed.  We can find ourselves enjoying our situations for many years, but let us always be ready to act on God's behalf when the opportunity presents itself.  Understand that we are all placed "for such a time as this."



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