Such a Time as This

If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. What’s more, who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this? Esther 4:14

Esther a young Hebrew woman is chosen to be Queen of Persia, over hundreds of beautiful women. These women had been brought to the palace, so the king could select a new wife.

However, behind the scenes Haman, one of the kings top advisers, devised a plot to have all of the Jewish people killed in the entire Kingdom of Persia. Esther is challenged by her cousin Mortdecai to go before the king (even though it is against the law, and could lead to her death), to plead for the lives of her people.

Mordecai told her if she did not speak up for her people, God would deliver the Jews in another way. However, what if she was given this position as queen for this very purpose? To save her people.

The Lord calls us to serve Him; to step up in faith, even in challenging circumstances and obey. If we choose not to answer that call, it might not come again. We would have lost the opportunity and the blessing to be of service to God and to people. The Lord would offer this opportunity to someone else.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times I did not act on your leading. Enable me to clearly hear you when you call. Help me to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and obedient to whatever you would ask of me. In Jesus name. Amen.

Published by Linda Colby

Linda has been a Bible teacher in a national women's ministry for the past 14 years, overseeing and leading women of all ages and their children in their pursuit of growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word and deepening their relationships in Jesus Christ. She is now involved with the new ministry “The Encouraging Word”. She has a Masters in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary and works with a team to write Bible studies that will encourage, teach, counsel and grow men and women in relationship to God and to one another.

2 thoughts on “Such a Time as This

  1. Good word Linda. We are His sent ones, which means saying “yes” even (or especially) when we are uncomfortable with the situation. I think saying yes is a lifelong discipline, which is worth everything because God is so faithful and wants to bless all involved. Blessings!

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