We have been going through a series titled Running With The Champions on our Tuesday service. This series is about lessons we learn from some of the men and women of the Old Testament, and last Tuesday, we were learning from the life of Esther.
In the book of Esther chapter four, Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, said this 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. And who know but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:16, NIV) We mostly consider the last part of that verse: “for such a time as this.” But notice the sentence just before it: “if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place.” FROM ANOTHER PLACE. God’s plan was to deliver the Jews, and He wanted to use Esther to do it. If she was unwilling, if she was too afraid, if she didn’t have enough faith and trust in the One who put her in that position … God could have used someone else. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want someone else doing what God has put me on this earth to do!
For us to do what God has put us on earth to do, we must say like Esther, “If I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16). In other words, we must be willing to do whatever it takes to obey what God is calling us to do. We must completely surrender to Him and treasure Him about everyone and everything, including our own lives.
May God help us to be like Esther and fulfil God’s purpose for our lives where we are.
Point To Ponder
“God places the right people at the right place in the right time to accomplish His will.” Pastor Jim