Monday, May 3, 2010

"For such a time as this"

"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 4:14-15). 

Esther was a Jewish orphan living in the land of Persia after her people were taken into captivity from Jerusalem. Raised by her cousin Mordecai, she lived during the time of King Xerxes who reigned over Persia that stretched from India to Ethiopia

An edict was sent out to bring all the virgins to the king's palace from the surrounding regions to replace Queen Vashti who found disfavor with the king and was deposed. Esther was one of the young women taken and was ultimately selected to be the next queen.

Mordecai had a high ranking position in the government that allowed him to learn of a plot by Haman, an official of the king, to kill all of the Jews. 

Now, the only way this edict would not be carried out was if Esther asked for an audience with the king to request that the plot be abandoned on her behalf. However, to request an audience before the king was a serious matter. If he refused to give her audience, the penalty was immediate death. 

It was at this time she made her famous statement, "If I die, I die." Esther realized this could be the reason God created her - to save her people from destruction. However, out of concern for Esther, Mordecai explained the situation to her, "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." Mordecai was giving her a choice. Either she will be used by God or someone else will be used to save their people. 

Everyday you and I are given a choice in our home and in our  workplace. Are we willing to be the person God uses to impact the future destiny of a people? Many of us are silent Christians simply letting the status quo reign while we sit quietly by watching. Who knows that you were created for such a time as this to be a catalyst to stand in the gap for some situation in your home, workplace, community or nation. Be faithful to your calling.

(Written By Os Hillman)

The reason I wanted to share this devotional today with you is because during our crop last weekend I had the chance to share my testimony with someone I just met that day. When I finished my story I saw tears in her eyes and I asked her why. She said "it is because I just moved into town two weeks ago and I have been asking God what my purpose is for such a time as this". My words were encouragement to her and it reminded her of God's love for her. 

PS: This precious lady and her husband joined us at church yesterday.


  1. Beatriz, What a great story, I'm glad this woman joined you at church. Shari (cricutrookie)

  2. What a great testimony as to what God will do if we just keep our heart open and are willing to be used! Thank you for your inspiring story and I'm glad you have the courage to challenge us to be more than what we already are!
    Barb :)

  3. What a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing that with us. It's important to be reminded of this. :)

  4. What an amazing testiment. Thank you for sharing with your new friend and thank you for sharing with me.

  5. A beautiful testimony!!! God is good!!!

  6. I LOVE THIS! I am one of those firm believers that everything happens for a reason, and everyone serves a purpose, whether they know what that is or not. And those beliefs are constantly reinforced on a daily basis by random, not so coincidental things that happen to me. The main thing I think of is the birth of my son. I was young and going down the wrong path to say the least, and there is no doubt in my mind this "accident" saved my life, and brought so much good into it.