If you’re familiar with the bible, that phrase probably means something to you. If not, I’ll make a somewhat long (although amazingly complex and fascinating) story short… The book of Esther is about a simple Jewish girl who is chosen to be the new queen in a non-Jewish land, and ends up capitalizing on her position and favor to save the Jews from being completely annihilated by an evil man who had deceived the king. “For such a time as this” was something that Esther’s uncle said to her while he was trying to convince her to talk to the king about the impending slaughter.
You see, it was illegal, even for the queen, to approach the king without an invitation first, and Esther had had no such invitation. For her to request an audience with her husband could have meant her death. Esther’s uncle knew this, but he could see no other way, and so told Esther, “Who knows, but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). This prompted Esther to reply, “Go, gather together all the Jews… and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16).
One of the most fascinating things about the book of Esther is that it is the only book in the bible that doesn’t mention God. Not once does the author give credit to, or even allude to Godly intervention. Everything in this story could be written off as sheer coincidence and good fortune, and yet the implications are some of the most applicable to our everyday lives. I won’t go into detail, (for that, I will direct you to, and freely plug Beth Moore’s study of Esther as being truly wonderful, informative and one of the best bible studies I’ve ever done), but as you read this story, God is clearly involved at every level. That is, if you are willing to see it as a possibility… I, for one, do not believe in coincidences, and the thought of Esther being part of a grand design from the start makes one contemplate what God could be doing with our own lives right now.
This brings me to another thought this story raises… The world has never seen a time when evil wasn’t running rampant or scheming the demise of countless innocents. So, there has never been a time when people of good character weren’t needed to step up and fight for others who weren’t able to fight for themselves. This has taken many different forms throughout history, some more obvious and bloody than others, but at every point, there were people willing to risk it all (does the phrase, “We pledge our lives, fortunes and sacred honor” ring a bell?) to defend life.
Here’s my take-away and action point… I’m never going to be the person who should go and physically fight a war. I’m not even the person to stand up in front of others to try to convince them to take a political viewpoint. Evil doesn’t only operate in well-publicized ways, though. Evil will worm its way into the very fabric of our lives if we’re not on constant guard. The bible says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1Peter 5:8-9).
Be vigilant! Evil is always looking for the crack in our defenses. Stand firm in the faith. How are you with spending time with God every day? (I admit that this is a weakness of mine.) We are to constantly watch for that lion hiding in the brush just outside our vision, or else he will pounce and kill before we even have a chance to react.
We all have jobs that we are supposed to be doing for God’s kingdom. If we’re breathing, He’s not done with us yet! If you’re not certain what yours is, ask Him. He’ll show you. Chances are, you already know what it is and are afraid to take that first step and go do it. Esther resisted her uncle at first because of the very real fear for her life, but that is the trust fall we all have to make. It’s going to be different for everyone, but it always comes back to trusting that God really is telling you to do something, and that He will be there every step of the way. This is where the prayer and fasting come in… Esther needed to be certain God really was telling her to risk her life, so she took three days to fast (and assumably, pray) to be sure. At that point, when she knew that this was what she needed to do, her attitude shifted from fear to acceptance of God’s will… “If I perish, I perish”.
So what is God asking you to do? For who knows, but that you were brought to this position for such a time as this?
Lots of Love,
(All biblical references from the NIV)Follow Cat