Heroes #4 – Esther and Being Available:
“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).
QUICK TAKE ON ESTHER: “The Book of Esther tells of the near destruction of the Jewish people. It tells how a Jewish woman named Esther risked her life to save her people. Esther and her uncle lived in the land of Persia where the Jews were in exile. After Vashti, queen of Persia, insulted her husband, the king, she was deposed, and the king began looking for a new queen. Esther was selected for her beauty, but she kept her Jewish nationality a secret. Meanwhile, a wicked man named Haman became the king’s advisor and began plotting the extermination of all Jews in the empire. Esther’s uncle learned of the plot and begged Esther to intervene. So Esther risked her life and approached the king about the matter. The king heard her plea, and the Jews were saved.” (The Spirit Filled Life Bible).
Esther is a model to us of someone who was willing and available to do whatever God wanted her to do. When her uncle Mordecai challenged her to appear before the king to plea for the lives of her people, she knew that she would be putting her life in danger. But she said, “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16). There are three things we learn from Esther in her actions on this matter.
1. Esther recognized that she had been called to the kingdom for such a time as this.
As the king’s wife, she had an opportunity to do something that no one else in the kingdom could – influence the king to save her people. In the same way, every one of us has the opportunity to influence certain people that no one else can. Maybe you’re the only Christian in your family – God wants you to witness to them, to tell them about God’s love! You have certain gifts, talents and opportunities that no one else does – don’t neglect them.
2. Esther knew she needed support to accomplish God’s will for her life.
The first thing Esther asked her uncle to do was to rally God’s people together to pray and fast for her, so that she would be successful in her endeavours. If we want to be strong and carry out great exploits, we must remember this important principle from the Scriptures: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13). However, it is also equally true that without God’s blessing on our lives that we can do nothing (John 15:5).
3. Esther was willing to take a stand, even if it meant losing her life.
Esther said, “I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” In other words, I’m going to do what’s right, even though I may lose my life. If Esther had said nothing, the other Jews may have all been destroyed, but she could have spared her own life, because no one knew she was a Jew. However, she realized that she had a God-given responsibility and opportunity to make a difference, and she took it. Today, I want to challenge you to be available for whatever God may want you to do today. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Pastor Chris Jordan