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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”—Esther 4:14 (NKJV)
Mind and heart were gripped in fear. The plan in place was still a choice, but it was also a divine appointment, unexpected by human standards, long ago arranged in the heavenly realms. Deliverance was needed; there were people who needed a savior.
This was not just Esther’s experience as she considered the fate of her people, but it was also another’s. She was a queen set apart, raised up to save her people from certain death. He is the King of kings, holy and raised up on a cross to save all people from the depths of hell. She was a young woman, beautiful and brave, willing to lay her life at the feet of her husband, her king—a picture of humility and love. Jesus was fully man but fully God, meeting His Father’s will for His bride with such humility and love. Both prayerfully entered into their obedience. Both asked others to stand with them in prayer. One saved a nation, the other saved the world. Relief and deliverance were granted, secured through her boldness, bought by His blood.
Esther and Jesus parallel in that God used each person to enact His will for mankind. Their internal struggles were for an eternal good, yet could only have been faced through God’s strength and grace. The queen and the King surrendered themselves to a sovereign fate, serving God in the midst of their circumstance with courage and bravado supplied by El Shaddai—the Almighty One.
God’s will be done. And it shall. The working of it affects the individual and the masses. It is accomplished in a myriad of ways and often through people who are willing to step forward in courage, obedience, and faith. Not on their own merit, but in God who gives wisdom and strength.
Unexpected positions cause one to say, “Why am I here? What’s the meaning of this?” Look no further than His word to feel emboldened and encouraged (Proverbs 3:25). Our circumstances hold majesty, and we, too, have been called to a royal position out of darkness into His wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9). Let Mordecai’s encouragement for Esther to find wisdom and courage echo in our hearts as we seek His will in our lives for this day, this time.
DIG: Read the Book of Esther and Proverbs 3:25, and prayerfully ask God to reveal His message to you.
DISCOVER: Consider this from Spurgeon: “You have been wishing for another position where you could do something for Jesus: do not wish anything of the kind, but serve Him where you are.”
DISPLAY: Commit to that position, knowing that you are appointed for such a time as this.
Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.