Are You Here for Such a Time as This – Esther 4:14

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 your royal position for such a time as this?”

Esther 4:14 NIV

The book of Esther is about a young Jewish woman who found herself as the queen of Persia. And during that time a threat was launched against the Jews. One that was intended to lead to their extermination as a people. Mordecai, her cousin, reveals the plot to Esther and encourages her to take it to the King. But she is fearful of going unbidden into his presence.

Mordecai’s response to Esther led her to go see the king, at great potential risk to herself, and make known this threat to her people. As a result the threat was neutralized, the one plotting against them was killed, and the Jews because stronger. Because Esther took seriously the words of Mordecai.

But are his words for her alone? Or do they have broader application? We do not know God’s plan for us in any detail. We cannot know just why God has placed us in the time and place we find ourselves.

Esther was called to make a difference where she was. I believe that we also are called to make a difference where we find ourselves. We do not know what impact our lives might have on others. It may be intentionally as in Esther’s case. And some times quite unknowingly. We should live in such a way that our lives have a positive influence on those we encounter each day.

Who knows but that God has placed us here ‘for such a time as this.’

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