Tuesday, August 2, 2011
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 royal position for such a time as this?"
16b "I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish".
Most of us have heard of the story of Queen Esther and maybe even seen the movie. If not, I truly encourage you both men and women, boys and girls to read it. It's a story of obedience, boldness and royalty!
It's like almost every girls dream: Esther went from being an orphan girl to the chosen Queen of the King of Persia. Even every man's dream to find that beautiful Queen to share your life with she is the most beautiful woman to you!
What's so amazing is that it all happened so suddenly. Esther a Jewish girl, probably had planned to live a simple life: serving God and being faithful to her elders/mentors, marry a Jewish man and raise her children up to be faithful to God as well. Not that this would not have been honorable, but God had other plans. Isn't that just like Him, to switch things up on us! He's so marvelous!
Well, as the story builds up before Esther (Hadassah) had to go through (10) months of beauty treatments, along with all the other beautiful virgins to prepare to meet the King and hopefully be the one chosen by Him! After seeing her the King was most attracted to her and she won favor with Him right away and the Royal crown was placed on her head! Her King threw a banquet for her and celebrated her throughout the land (he was excited about his woman)!
Queen Esther finds out through her cousin Mordecai that there was a wicked plot to destroy the Jews by one of the Kings' nobles. Her people needed her help, even though it could very well cost her life. She at first was hesitant, knowing the "protocol" and "traditions" of the royal palace/throne. I'm sure she was just fine being beautiful, the queen and having her maidens with her.
Here is where our scripture picks up and something very important both you and I can learn: What places does God have us right now, what relationships has He blessed us with, what job/assignment has He given us. He has prepared us and shaped us for exactly where we are right now. But it is really not about have the position, the title, the prestige; He has something for us to do and it will require faith and boldness to do us. He is requiring us to speak up, to go forth and maximize the area of influence He has us in right now. Not to sit around and be comfortable with where we are, going with the flow when it's clearly not what God wants or allowing things to continue, when we know the Lord wants to intervene through us.
Notice what Mordecai told Esther in verse 14. Deliverance would still come for the Jews even if she did not carry through with this assignment. God would have raised somebody else up. He did not need Esther to do the assignment but He chose her to do it because He wanted to. There is a difference. Thank God she yielded and went forth in boldness, trusting God all the way not knowing exactly what the end result would be. He wants the same willingness for us, to trust Him that He goes before us in any assignment we have been chosen to do and it will not always be easy! BUT GOD. When we obey and do the difficult things that nobody else wants to do, that He has called us to do; this is when we see His power, provision and miracles and a whole race, generation, denomination, etc. Can be saved!
Just like Queen Esther, she was placed in this royal position to complete this assignment. This is why the Lord has placed you where you are, for such a time as this, no coincidence.
My brother and sister God wants to use you, that's right you! For mighty works, don't look down on assignments He gives you no matter if they seem small or big; Jesus wants to save someone through you. It could be one child or an entire nation. You may be a coach for little league or a president of a fortune 500 company. You could be caring for your elderly parents or the President of the United States! You could be a high school/college/middle school student. Whatever it is, will you go? Will you do what HE has called you to do? And not be pressured by what's popular to conform to the world, but stand for righteousness and holiness?
I'm faced with the same question today, to do something that is not ordinary and not very popular. But I must do it. I must go, in Jesus name! Let's go!!!