For Such a Time as This - Esther 4:14

Verse of the Day - Day 359

For Such a Time as This
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Today's Bible Verse:

Esther 4:14
"For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: For Such a Time as This

In the book of Esther, we read about an evil plot to destroy the Jewish people and how it was thwarted by one brave young woman who trusted God.

Esther was a Jewish girl living in Persia about one century after the Babylonian captivity. She had been adopted and raised by her older cousin Mordecai after her parents had died.

One day the Persian King Xerxes I threw an extravagant week-long party. The king called for his queen, Vashti, on the final day of the feast. He wanted to display her loveliness before his guests. When she refused to appear, Xerxes flew into a rage and had Queen Vashti forever banished from his presence.

Soon the king began to search for a new queen. Xerxes decided to hold a royal beauty pageant. Among all the beautiful young women of the surrounding provinces, lovely Esther was the woman he chose to grace his throne.

Haman, the king's right-hand man, was arrogant and hated the Jewish people. He devised a plan to have every Jew in Persia killed. When Mordecai found out about the plot, he persuades Esther to go into the king's presence and beg for mercy on behalf of the Jews:

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, NIV)

Until then, Queen Esther had not revealed her Jewish heritage to King Xerxes.

Trusting in God's Deliverance

Believing that God had prepared her for this very moment in history—"for such a time as this"—as a vessel of deliverance for her people, Esther urged all of the Jews in the city to fast and pray for her. She was about to risk her life to request an audience with the king.

The king agreed to see Esther:

Then the king asked, "What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you." (Esther 5:3, NIV)

Esther invited Xerxes and Haman to a banquet where eventually she revealed her heritage, as well as Haman's diabolical plot to have her and her people killed. The infuriated king had Haman executed.

Mordecai was promoted to Haman's high position, and the Jewish people were granted royal protection. As they celebrated God's deliverance, the festival of Purim was established:

For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor. In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them. (Esther 8:16-17, NIV)

The story of Esther is a beautiful reminder of God's deliverance and salvation in our own lives.

Even when evil people conspire to destroy us, God's sovereign hand remains in control. He has a plan for his children. We can trust that he is working out his good purpose on our behalf:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, NIV)

Although the Jews had been sentenced to death by King Xerxes' original decree, through Queen Esther's  courageous intervention and willingness to face death, the lives of all the people were spared.

What about you? Do you have the courage of Queen Esther? If faced with the same decision of destiny would you step out, trust God, and risk your life "for such a time as this?"

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