Make a choice Esther

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? – Esther 4:14 

 King Xerxes the Great ruled 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia. He was a powerful Persian King whose decrees were irreversible.  

He was generous with his friends, throwing parties, giving them as much food and wine as they wanted. However, the minute you displeased him, he would immediately throw you out of his sight—if you angered him, he would kill you. 

Esther knew this; she also knew that she was the “replacement” for Xerxes’s exwife, Vashti.  Vashti dared to refuse a king’s order that he gave while he was drunk, and so she was banished.  

It didn’t matter that she was his wife. In fact, Esther knew that :

All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned  the king has but one law:  that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter  to them and spares their lives – Esther 4:11 

 Esther knew that approaching the king without his permission could kill her. However, things were dire. She hadn’t been called to his presence for 30 days, and the king’s top advisor had tricked the king into making a decree that all the Jews in the land were to be killed. Esther was a Jew and so it would mean the death of her family and all her people.  Which is why her uncle, Mordecai, was trying to persuade her to help. 

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? – Esther 4:14 

 You see, God had already promised (through different Prophets) that the Jews would be delivered and that a King would rise up from the Jews to rule forever –Jesus. Mordecai knew that Esther’s choice would not affect God’s will. 

 People may plan all kinds of things, but the LORD’s will is going to be done. – Psalm 19:21 

However, her choice would affect her people. If she said ‘no‘ there would have been a dark outcome, a huge loss of life to the Jewish tribes, and we might not even have a book about her in the Bible.  

However, God had raised her up from a lowly Jewish girl to the Queen of one the larger ancient empires to be in “a time as this”. 

God has a knack for doing that, you can look at David, Moses, the apostles. He chooses people that were unprepared, uneducated, poor, etc. and gave them tasks that were risky. 

He does that to us too, he puts us in places or gives us opportunities to serve. We may feel that we are not ready, we don’t know enough, we aren’t the “right” person, we don’t have enough money, etc. We may also feel that the risk is too high to our time, reputation, health, and in certain circumstances even our lives. 

Like Esther, we have a choice. If we say ‘no’, God’s will is still going to happen, but people will be affected because of our choice—many times people that are close to us. 

Luckily, Esther said yes. Thousands of people were saved, she wasn’t killed, the king’s top advisor was hung, and Mordecai took his place. 

What things in your life has God put in front of you to act upon? Are there choices or opportunities in your life that align with God’s will of loving, serving and helping others.  And who knows you might have come to your position for such a time as this. 

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