Esther 4-6: For Such a Time as This (from Sweeter Than Honey)
We learned yesterday about Haman’s plot “to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all Jews, young and old, women and children, in one day” (3:13). Today, Mordecai learns of the plot and entreats Esther to go to the king to defend their people. The Bible tells us that Esther has not been in the king’s presence in 30 days and anyone who comes into the king’s presence without being invited can be put to death. Esther is afraid for her own life. Have you ever been afraid to do something God has called you to do? Have you ever been fearful of the repercussion of doing the right thing in the face of opposition? Have you ever been afraid to get outside your comfort zone? I know I have! Esther 4:14 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. It reminds me of the importance of being willing to be used by God for His purpose.
Pride is an ugly thing! It’s not becoming at all, and Proverbs 16:18 tells us that, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Haman was an example of pride and a haughty spirit, and we are about to see his plunge to destruction.
The irony, found in chapter 6, where King Ahasuerus makes plans to honor Mordecai at the same time as Haman is making plans to hang Mordecai on a gallows he built for that specific purpose is almost comical. Timing is everything!
Deborah & Jael, Ruth, Hannah, Abigail, the widow of Zarephath, Esther, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary of Bethany… all of these were created ”for such a time as this” appointments.
You and I have been created “for such a time as this” appointments as well.
Look for it! Don’t shy away. Don’t run and hide.
Have you ever had a "for such a time as this" appointment? Have you experienced a moment in time when you could clearly see God working? Could you see Him using you in your circumstances? At that moment, did you realize you were created ”for such a time as this?”
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