Monday, February 7, 2011

For such a time as this Day 36

Esther is one of my favorite ladies in the Bible. The story has intrigue, deception and triumph. In my mind’s eye I can see the whole story unfold. A queen who refused to dance in front of the King and all his other drinking buddies. An uncle who loves and cares for his niece after her parents die. Watching a young Jewish girl named Esther chosen among many young girls to be the next queen. A plot to kill the King is foiled by Uncle Mordecai and then forgotten. Haman, an official determined to wipe out all the Jews because of his hatred for Mordecai.

Enter Queen Esther… She is ultimately faced with a very tough decision. Does she go to the king and warn him that Haman is trying to kill the one man who had already saved the King’s life? No one was allowed to come into the king’s presence without an invitation. Failure to comply would surely result in death. However, if the king wants to grant “grace” he will hold out his scepter and the person will touch it and live. Scary prospect, don’t you think?

Esther knows the right thing to do but she needs the courage to implement the plan. She asks all the Jews to pray and fast for her during the three days prior to her coming before the King. King Xerxes invites Queen Esther into his presence and her life and the life of her people are saved.

The lesson? Mordecai says something that I hold dear. Listen in…

Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:13-14 (ESV)

Ever wonder why things happen the way they do? When I ask myself that question this verse comes to mind. Who knows whether you have not come for such a time as this! Something to think about.

In Christ Alone,

Jill

"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up"

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