“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?”
The statement in this verse alone invokes courage and hope among believers. From the time we’re first introduced to it from the book of Esther, these six simple words inspire us toward that one defining moment we all long for our chance to make a difference. A moment like Queen Esther’s. I want us to know that God raises men and women at particular time in history to react to issue around their contexts. Each moment is well taken care of by God who knows all the times and season. He is aware of the circumstances around us and for the same he has raised people maybe you and me to make a difference at such a time like this.
Mordecai, a Jewish man from the tribe of Benjamin, lived in Babylon under the rule of King Xerxes. Mordecai it is Mordecai that raised Esther, he raised her just as his very own. When King Xerxes commanded the removal of Queen Vashti from the throne, Esther ended up in the palace where she gained the affection of the king himself. What does that tell you? We can trust God wherever we are, our time will come and the king of kings will take notice of us! Around this time, Haman one of the king’s advisors set a plot in motion to kill the Jews. Haman despised Mordecai, so he convinced the king of his plan, and a decree was written. The Jews were very afraid at the decree and Esther was their only hope. So the words of study today are Esther’s motivation. He needed to motivate her to push past her fear and do what God called her to do. No one else could get close enough to stand before the king and plead on their behalf only Esther.
We like Esther will all face times of fear or doubt. Times when we wonder, “Why me, Lord?” Yet our faithful God is there to remind us that He has been with us all along, and He will continue to guide and protect us. “For such a time as this” shows God’s providence, whether we hesitate or move forward in His strength. He works all things together to fulfill His purpose in our lives and the lives of others in danger at such a time as this. I wonder how many times Esther questioned God’s plan for her life? Did she cry out “Why Lord?” when her parents died? Did she have doubts about her safety, or her future? We don’t know for certain from Scripture, but we do know if Esther was ever in doubt, she knew what to do. She knew prayer and fasting would make things clearer and draw her closer to her Lord.