Are you in a tough situation in life or family, or in a challenging situation in ministry? Perhaps it’s a good time to STOP and REFLECT on what we read in Esther 4:13-16.
“Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews. (14) For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (15) Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, (16) Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”
Many people quote Mordecai's rebuke to Esther as a life-verse which is to represent prestige, power and favor. You'll see shirts, hats, mugs and social media posts that proudly ring out, "for such a time as this."
But few people truly connect the context of the verse with how they are using it. Esther was being scolded for her self-indulgent, self-preserving mindset. Esther was being reproofed for living large and embracing royalty over service. Through those telling words, Mordecai was reminding Esther that she had been chosen to set her own interests aside, let go of her own ambitions and face an enemy full-on.
She was to risk her life and her legacy with no guarantees of a positive outcome. That's the "for such a time as this" Esther was challenged to accept. And that's the "for such a time as this" God also sets before you.
It is God who has given you your job, your position, your resources, your education and much, much more. It is God who has opened the opportunities for you to optimize for His kingdom’s purposes. He didn't place you where you are so you could eat figs all day long or post pictures of yourself on social media. He's placed you where you are because you are in the midst of a battle, a war. You are in the midst of a seismic conflict involving Good versus Evil.
To miss your kingdom assignment, because you have become too caught up in your personal kingdom itself, is the greatest tragedy you could ever face. An entire nation was grateful for how Esther responded to Mordecai's rebuke. Their lives were spared. How many can be spared in the culture where we live today when we choose to step up to service, even if it involves sacrifice. So meditate on the flowing poem entitled “WAIT.”
God’s delays are not denials; He has heard your prayer.
He knows all about your trials; Knows your every care.
God's delays are not denials; Help is on the way.
He is watching o 'er life's dials; Bringing forth the day.
God's delays are not denials; You will find Him true.
Working through the hardest trials; What is best for you.
In His Amazing Grace,
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