Esther: For Such a Time as This

Today I want to talk about the book of Esther and how we can relate it to our lives.

Esther was raised by her cousin Mordecai, he was basically her foster parent. Esther was one of the many young virgins brought to the king and placed under the care of Hegai who was in charge of the harem of virgins.  There each young woman went through 1 year of beauty treatments before one night to audition for the King to be queen.

Now in the Book of the Law, fornication was a sin just like premarital sex, but here was Esther a Jew and this was her life.

Mordecai her foster parent would walk back and forth near the courtyard of the harem to find out how Esther was and what was happening to her.  During this time, Mordecai uncovered a plot to kill the king and Esther reported it, giving credit to Mordecai.  Haman an honored official, despised Mordecai and plotted to kill all the Jews because they would not bow and honor him.  Mordecai sent word to Esther to go before the king and beg for mercy.  But Esther knew that appearing before the king was almost surely a death sentence.  No one must come before the king unless they are summoned and she sent this word back to Mordecai.

What we hear next is profound.  Mordecai send word back to Esther,

Ch4 v13-14    Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.  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?”

These words spurred Esther on and they should encourage you.  Because even though there was sin in Esther’s life, (premarital sex) God still used her, and he used her situation.

It doesn’t matter what you are going through in your life, it doesn’t matter if you are in a bad place because just like God told the Israelites in the book of Jeremiah when they were enslaved in Babylon, “For I know the Plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you” God can still use you.

What does matter is how will you react in the midst of the storm?  For the Israelites, there were false prophets who told the people “God will deliver us and he will bring us home” But God told his people, no, it will be 80 years before you can return home, and that meant none of them would be alive to see it.

BUT GOD….. yes I love those two words, But God told his people he had a plan for their lives and they were to give their daughters to be married to the Babylonians and to prosper the Babylonians and in doing so, God would prosper them.  In the same manner, Esther obeyed to save the Jews.  God used her to save his people and because she obeyed, God allowed her to prosper.

God can use any situation, good or bad, how encouraging!  If you are in a situation you see no way out of, maybe you are supposed to be there at this time in your life no matter how it came to be.  Pray for deliverance, pray for wisdom and guidance but most of all pray for God to use you right where you are.  You may want to be out of this situation but God may have a better way out that doesn’t involve just you, God always has a bigger plan.  Now, whether he reveals his side of the plan or not, does not matter.  Again what matters is how you handle it.

To God be the Glory!  Amen!!

Photography In SattleTree, NC by Donnie Locklear III

 

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