For Just Such a Time as This

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Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”
Esther 4:13-14

I love the story of Esther and it seems everywhere in this past month. It’s my online Bible Study through Love God Greatly, it was in our sermon series at church, and in one of my favorite songs played on the radio. My heart stirred and was convicted at the same time.

How does this verse apply to me in my life? I confess, sometimes I have felt that because I am Christian, my family and I are immune to the things going on in this world. Mordecai rang the warning bell when he spoke to Esther and it continues ringing loudly today! In his wisdom, he knew Esther was not above her fellow people and included in the plot against the Jews.


As a Christian, I am called to die to self and worship God in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24). Like Mordecai, I must prepare my children to know and distinguish the voice of God in the Holy Spirit that when they feel Him leading there is no mistaking they hear His voice. In their growing independence from me I must transition them to become dependent on Him.


 

I’m convicted too. I’ve kept quiet when I should have spoken, I’ve turned a blind eye and retreated from issues before me knowing how God sees them. Instead of doing the hard things, I’ve opted for an easier more convenient way instead. It took me a while to understand and know Satan preys on convenience. The more things I can do that are easy, the less apt I am to do the harder things. Doing things harder requires work, sweat, tears, and being involved from start to finish, whereas, easier is holding up a sign and posting it on the internet just to say I did my part. Heart changes happen in doing the hard things.

Mordecai poses an interesting question to Esther, “Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”

I live in a world where priorities skewed, show those of the world! I live in a world where fear cripples people from living their potential, myself included!


I live in a self-indulged and wicked world, but, what if I, you, were placed here for just such a time as this?


God does not call the qualified, but qualifies the called. Just as Esther, obedient to her people, came before King Xerxes and uncovered Haman’s plot to kill the Jews, what if we, obedient to God’s call, put on His full armor and did battle with Him? What if we take back what we have said yes to, repent and revive our hearts back to our first love in the Lord? What if we choose life so that we as well as our children can live (Deut. 30:19)? It’s hard work, yes, but all worth the greater cause, life in the eternal with Jesus!

The warning bells are sounding! Can you hear them? Are you being called for just such a time as this? Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” I know that for me, I don’t want to give up something I’ve been asked to do in Spirit, only to have someone else do it for me. Isaiah 6:8 says, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Here I stand, not knowing or seeing God’s whole scope from beginning to end (Ecc. 3:11) but I stand anyway, boldly and confident in the Lord, saying “Here I am, send me!”

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