For Such a Time As This

The book of Esther (my OT reading for today) tells the story of the deliverance of the Jewish people from the plot of the wicked Haman during the reign of Xerxes, king of Persia. The book reads like a series of fortunate coincidences that saw the Jewish people saved from the hand of a megalomaniac intent on destroying them.
  • Queen Vashti was deposed and a Jewish girl named Esther was chosen as the new queen of Persia, but she just happens to keep her Jewish heritage a secret.

  • Mordecai, the cousin who raised Esther, just happened to overhear the plot to assassinate King Xerxes; he revealed the plot to Esther who then revealed it to the king.

  • The king just happened not to be able to sleep one night, and he just happened to have read to him the chronicles of the kings read to him, and the selection that was read just happened to include the story of Mordecai and Esther saving his life.

  • So when Esther reveals the plot of Haman and her Jewish ancestry, the king just happens to side with Esther, executes Haman and spares the Jews.

Fortunate coincidences. There are no great miracles stories in this book; in fact, God’s name is not even mentioned in Esther. And yet, His activity in the lives of His people is seen throughout this story; His fingerprints are all over this book. God sometimes shakes mountains and appears in burning bushes; more often, He appears between the lines of our lives.

When Esther hesitates to risk her life to use her position to intervene with the king to save the Jews, Mordecai says, “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). That becomes an interesting question given the fact that there were no burning bushes or shaking Sinai. Moses didn’t have wonder what it was that God wanted him to do; God’s voice from the bush and the mountain were breathtakingly clear. But Esther didn’t have that clarity. What Esther had was an opportunity, faith, a lot of uncertainty and a pretty insistent cousin. She made her choice based on faith, and God honored that choice and worked through it. That’s what you and I are called to do today.

Wayne Watson has a great song that is inspired by the Esther story reminding us that we all have been placed upon the earth for such a time as this.

For Such A Time As This Wayne Watson