FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
I have always enjoyed the story of Esther. Her given Jewish name was Hadassah, but for her safety her Uncle Mordecai changed it to Esther. You see she lived Persia, where there were pagan Gods, and changing her name took away her “Jewish” identity. Esther was an orphan. We don’t know what happened to her parents, we only know that she was raised by her Uncle.
The story goes that the King was seeking a new wife, and all the beautiful maidens in the land were brought into the court. They spent much time in purification until the King spent time with them. Esther was brought before the King and he chose her as his wife. Esther came to a point in her life that she had to make a choice. The Jewish people were going to be annihilated by an evil man named Hamen. He hated the Jews. He was a descendant Agag, the King of the Amalakites, and they were the Jews’ enemies. Her uncle let her know what was happening.
No one in the court knew that Esther was a Jew. If she went before the King and made petition for her people and it failed, it would cost her life. Her Uncle told her in Esther 4: 13-14: “Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther loved her heritage, her people and her uncle enough to stand for them, and the victory came through her. It was her “such a time as this.”
You may wonder why you were born, but each individual was born precisely in the right time period. God has a plan for each of us. We may lose our identity in the world as Esther did, but it prepares us for something greater. If we refuse, many may perish. When we go with God’s plan we can never go wrong. I am sure in Heaven there are many praises for Esther’s faith and boldness to make a stand.
What are you standing for? Do you stand with the word of God when everyone else says it isn’t worth it? Do you stand with truth when others lie? Do you hold your brothers and sisters up for their decision to go with God, and not ridicule their choices? This may just be “your such a time as this”. It is better to go with God alone than to go with the world and fail God.