“And who knows whether you have not come to the Kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 NIV
Often this season, I have found myself coming back to the book of Esther. What is such a familiar story has so much richness to it. Stay with me here through the familiar, and perhaps you will find something new. This book has a beautiful way of weaving and displaying God’s sovereignty.
Just a background on Esther, she was quite possibly the least likely candidate to be Queen. Think about it. She was a Jew, was orphaned at an early age and her cousin, Mordecai, raised her. Based on her circumstances, Esther was not a likely candidate for Queen. (Don’t you love how God uses unlikely people?)
As the story continues, Esther is taken as a candidate for Queen and spends months in preparation and beauty treatments. It took time. The preparation is a process. During this time, Esther found favor with those who were around her. She had a teachable and gracious spirit and learned all she could from them. And as we know it, Esther was later chosen as Queen. She was positioned for a purpose, which we see as we continue reading her story.
When Mordecai sends word about the plan to destroy the Jews, Esther reached a pause. A pause. Not an arrival time. A pause – a pivotal moment.
Esther 4:11-15 reads:
11 “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king.”
12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 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?” 15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, 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.”
It was here that Esther reached a pause time. She had to realize that she was not safe either, and her next move was pivotal.
Esther’s next destiny step had arrived. She had to step ahead of her title as queen, which was obtained in beauty and favor, and she called for a fast (unity fast).
“If I perish, I perish” – With these words Esther took her next destiny step. She made her decision. She knew very well that she could lose her very life by such an act. But she took advantage of her “For Such a Time As This…” moment, and because of that, the Jews were saved.
Obedience is key. If we don’t do it, God will surely raise another up…but I believe that there are circumstances that we find ourselves in, and there are moments that come which we were called to act upon. For such a time as this…God has brought us here. He has orchestrated our circumstances and people…He has orchestrated these “for such a time as this…”moments in our lives. But we need to submit to Him, and we need to be confident in knowing who we are and what God created us for.
When Esther heard of the plan to destroy the Jews, she acted on it. She was willing to commit her life to the cause.
We need to stop letting others define who we are, how we act, and what we say. We need to know who we are, and be confident with who God made us to be so that when we come to those “for such a time as this…” moments, we can act accordingly.
“For Such A Time As This…” Esther was called to a position. God had positioned her as queen with a purpose. She was prepared and positioned, and when that time of pause came, in that pivotal moment, she rose up and took her place.
Esther could have sat back in her time of preparation and said, “I’ll never be chosen,” or “I’m just an orphan.” If she had focused on the identity she knew, or the circumstances she found herself in, she might have missed who she could be, and did end up becoming.
God is positioning His people “for such a time as this…”
In Ephesians 2:10 it tells us that we are created to do His purpose for us. We were created to do good works which God had prepared in advance for us to do.
It can just take one person, one pause, one pivotal action to bring about a fulfillment. God will position those he calls and He will order their steps. When your “for such a time as this” moment comes, will you be ready to rise? God is positioning His people. Your position is not your purpose, but it is for a purpose….for such a time as this…