Esther 4:12 – 14 “When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: ‘Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?'”
God is never mentioned in the book of Esther. Not once. Yet, His presence fills every nook and cranny of this story! While waiting for Esther’s response, Mordecai has had a chance to reflect. He is thinking more clearly now, and he remembers the promise God made to Abraham – that his descendants would be more numerous than the stars! The Jews were safe. God had said so.
So he gives Esther a little pep talk. Remember, he is her adopted father. He knows her better than anyone. He knows what she is made of. He says, “Remain quiet if you want to, dear one, but it won’t save you. This decree is for all the Jews, and that includes you! You can’t keep your identity a secret forever, you know.”
He continues. “Ultimately, the Jewish people will be spared. God will send help from somewhere. But if you don’t stand with God now, you might not be spared. Perhaps God has been working all along to put you in this position, just so you could be the one to save us!”
Can you imagine it? A pretty little orphan-girl-turned-queen, with nothing better to do with her time than lie around having beauty treatments all day! Could it possibly be? Could the results of that beauty pageant have been controlled by the very hand of God? Surely not. Yet, here she was, perhaps the most unlikely of all the candidates, given her background. There was not another Jew anywhere that could hope for a private audience with the king. Not a single one of them had the influence over Xerxes that she did. Could it possibly be that God was calling her to have a leading role in this drama?
My friends, we are children of the Most High God. We are His ambassadors in this world, and our circumstances are rarely by accident. He often allows us to travel this path or that one because He knows where we will end up, and He has plans for us there. Often, He even helps things along. God is God, and He will have His way, whether we obey Him or not.
We have a choice to make. Will we take the easy way? If we do, God will surely send someone else to do the job. But then, we will miss out on the glory. We will miss the blessings. Or, we can choose to stand for God no matter what. We won’t ever know the outcome of the circumstances ahead of time. But one thing we can know for certain: God will have His way. What will it be? Will we be key players in the drama God has set before us, or will we let someone else be cast into the role that was intended for us?
Dear Father, I want to fulfill Your purpose for my life. Please give me the courage to do so.