Have you ever read the book of Esther? It is a 10-chapter book in the Old Testament snuggled in between Nehemiah and Job.
I read it for the first time this past year. Yes, you read that correctly. I have been a Christian for 21+ years and I have only just recently read the entire book of Esther. Can I suggest that if you haven’t ever taken the time to read Esther, then please do. It is now one of my all-time favorites.
Those are only a few of the lessons this magnificent story speaks on and although all scriptures are valuable for instructing and teaching I’ll be writing about one lesson in particular today. We’ll be discussing how God used Esther in a mighty way and why it is so important for many of us today.
The short version goes like this…
Esther was a young beautiful woman who was Queen to King Xerxes. She was pleasing to him and he was very much in love with her. After they were married for a little while there came a time of persecution against the Jews of the kingdom due to the scheming of the King’s most powerful official Haman. He persuaded the King to grant him permission to have all Jews in the kingdom killed. The King agreed to this not knowing that his own wife Queen Esther was a Jew. Mordecai, the man who raised her as his own daughter, pleads with her to go to Xerxes and ask him to spare their lives. To go before the King without being summoned first was an offense punishable by death and even though she was the Queen it was forbidden. At first she refuses because she fears for her life. Then Mordecai responds…
His response gives her the courage she needs. She asks her people for prayer and she goes before the King to plead for her life and the lives of her people. Long story short, her pleas are answered and Haman (the evil official) pays with his own life.Fast forward to today and you may be wondering how this relates to you and I. Could it be that God has a calling on each of our lives as believers? He places us in the perfect place at the perfect time with every skill that we need to do His will. Like Esther, we get fearful of what the outcome might be. We end up either stepping out and taking a risk or we stay put and the purpose that we are called to dies before our very eyes. It’s a chance for us that is lost, but nothing can stop God’s will from being done. He will simply send someone else to step into the calling you couldn’t commit to.
Esther was Queen which meant she held a title that gave her influence. She had influence over a King and was able to save lives by her willingness to step into that calling. Each one of us has a sphere of influence and the capabilities of reaching people that no one else can. Who is in your sphere? Are you supposed to be blogging as well? Are you supposed to be serving in a ministry at church? Are you supposed to be telling people about your faith instead of keeping it hidden? I’m willing to bet you that there are lives at stake here. Are there family members who need to know the love of Jesus? Maybe there are co-workers around you that have been tugging at your heartstrings.
Whatever the case may be please know that God has called you for such a time as this. That means that it can’t be put off any longer. You may lose your chance and lives may be lost. If it has been Jesus calling you to salvation and you’ve been putting it off, it may just be your own life that is on the line.
Dearest brother or sister, don’t let time pass you by. Listen to the call of the Holy Spirit and step into His will for your life. Those talents you have were given to you so that you may glorify God. You were given a heart that empathizes with the hurting and a voice that can speak life into a situation. We were fearfully and wonderfully made for a time such as this.