Esther’s Selflessness and Courage
There is a story in the Old Testament of being in the right place at the right time. There was a man named Mordecai, who was a Jew. Haman, an official of the court of King Xerxes of Persia, hated Mordecai. Haman’s hatred was so strong that he wanted to kill not only Mordecai, but made a plan to kill all of the Jews. Esther, Mordecai’s cousin, was chosen by King Xerxes to be his queen.Esther courageously spoke out against Haman’s plans to King Xerxes and in doing so the Jews were saved.
When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “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 royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:12-14
Esther could have kept quiet. She could have done what was expected of a woman in her time. She could have ignored the urge to do the right thing. She could have ignored the fact that she was truly placed in the right place at the right time. She could have left it to chance or circumstance that she was made queen, but instead acted in accordance with what was laid on her heart…”for such a time as this.” She stood her ground and did the right thing.
When I was barely eight years old, my father passed away at home from lymphoma. I was bitter and angry with God for ‘stealing him’ away from me. While my father was alive, he taught me much and showered me with love. Instead of being grateful for the time that I had with him, I was furious that I wouldn’t get more. Instead of taking what he taught me and using it, I used his death as an excuse for my bad behavior. People felt sorry for what I had experienced and they let me get away with a lot of things I shouldn’t have gotten away with. I should have carried on my father’s legacy of laughter, love and diligence; instead I was miserable, angry and lazy. I could have used this experience to better myself, instead I used it to fuel my pity party.
I could have built up my Father’s legacy; instead I selfishly weakened my own. Instead of turning to Jesus and using my life experience to help others, I lived bitterly. Instead being justified by Jesus’ death, I allowed my father’s death to justify my behavior. We are all put through things in life that seem harsh, unfair and wrong; but there is a greater plan in all of it that is far beyond anything we can comprehend. God uses these things to build us up, to strengthen our faith, hope and love. We are all placed in certain places at certain times for certain reasons. When we look to glorify God in what we do and say, it is ‘for such a time as this.’ God reveals things to us in His perfect timing; make sure you are listening.
Having the Right Perspective
We all go through times of trials, tribulations and temptations, the peaks and valleys of life. We are placed in specific places at meaningful times for perfect reasons, often beyond our understanding. God lays things on our hearts that need done or said in these places at these times. It is our choice to follow His lead or to take our own. Do not put off until tomorrow what can be done today; live for today because we are not guaranteed tomorrow.
Let us ask ourselves these questions in closing. Are we trying to glorify God or self? Are we willing to stand up for what is right or will we sit quietly in the back and claim ignorance? Will we fight the good fight or stare at our feet while we walk away? Will we help our Father’s legacy live on or focus on our own worldly image?
Lord, allow us to follow your lead and live according to Your will. Give us the wisdom to know what needs to be done. Bless us with an attitude of gratefulness for all that You have done, even when times are trying. Keep us grounded in Your Word, in prayer, and in faith. Walk with us and talk with us daily. Thank you Jesus for another day.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’” 1 Corinthians 1:18-19
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things– and the things that are not– to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God– that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’” 1 Corinthians 1:25-31