Esther 4:14 “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Our enemy has been planning for millenia to take down God’s kingdom. He thought he had won at Calvary. The Son of God had been put to death and He lay in the grave until that fateful third day.
His schemes; his plans; his ‘wiles’ as the Bible puts it, are well thought out actions to take us away from our purpose here on this earth.
I love this account of Esther. Against seemingly unbeatable odds, God delivers His people from certain destruction. Not a fist was raised in anger over the injustice of the decree. No long lines of demonstration. No petitions to the earthly authorities.
The petitions made were to the only throne that could make a difference.
Think about it…
The devil wanted to destroy the Jews. He used cultural systems and laws of government. He used jealousy and envy to seperate and divide. He caused that jealousy to turn to anger, hatred and wrath and incited thoughts of murder to rise up in Haman’s heart. Inscensed with the thought of Mordecai even being in his presence brought him to such hatred, he had gallows built as a show to all what his intentions were.
Hundreds of years later, our enemy hasn’t changed his tactics much. Hatred for all things godly still abounds. But for many of us who live in peace, it doen’t affect us personally, so we do nothing. We go about our lives as if there is nothing wrong.
We read missionary letters about those deported out of their country to which God had sent them for the sole reason that they preach the gospel. Others aren’t as fortunate. They are subjected to ridicule, oppression, torture and some are even murdered for their faith. This type of news will never reach the mainstream media. Yet, it happens today… in our lifetime.
If we, who name the name of Jesus Christ were to take up and fight – not with swords or weapons we hold in our hand; but on our knees; burdened that every living soul would have the liberty and freedom to hear the gospel presented to them; what could be done for the cause of Christ?
Mordecai saw that Esther was strategically placed by God to intercede fo rthe Jews. He charged her with petitioning the king for her people – “…for such a time as this?”
We will attend our places of worship today.
But will it be with a sense of urgency? A sense of fervency for those in harm’s way? Will we pray earnestly for those who struggle with sins of the flesh that have put them in bondage?
Or will we turn up our noses at how they smell, how they are dressed; avoid their gaze and forsake the opportunity to possibly be used of God to fulfill the reason why they came to church in the first place – to be helped; to be healed.
Can we place ourselves, like Esther, as intercessor for those in need? When we know that our prayers reach the throne of grace, will we stand in the gap for them as we would want them to do for us?
She took up the challenge knowing that the cost could very well mean her life.
Esther 4:16 “Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”
If we are born-again, we are assured of Heaven – no matter how God chooses the path for us to get there. We all want to got to Heaven – just not having to go through the pain to get there.
While somewhat humorous, all I have to do is look to the cross to find out what cost was paid for me to gain it and realize I may be called on to do the same.
John 12:25 “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”
Let us work to have a heart that will accept whatever path to glory our Heavenly Father will choose. For it is for His glory and not ours.