For Such a Time as This
In 479 BC, a young Jewish girl named Esther became Queen of Persia when she married King Xerxes. Four years later, an evil man named Haman became the most powerful official in the empire next to the king himself. Because Haman hated the Jews, he asked the king to issue a decree to destroy all of the Jews in Persia. Here’s the catch: the King didn’t know that Esther was a Jew, and so he agreed to Haman’s dastardly plot.
After the decree was made, there was much mourning among the Jewish people. When news reached Esther, she too was deeply distressed. What could she do? Her uncle Mordecai urged her to go to the king to plead for her people. The problem with this plan was that anyone (and that included the queen) who appeared before the king in his inner court without being invited was doomed to die… unless the king held out his gold scepter. Who could fault Esther for being afraid to approach the king?
Mordecai gave her this bold challenge. He said, “If you remain silent at this time, deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Edmund Burke said once, “All that is necessary for evil to prosper is that enough good people do nothing.” Who knows whether YOU have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? What’s YOUR destiny?
Pastor Chris Jordan