For Such A Time As This

Esther 4:10-17 “Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai; All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days. And they told to Mordecai Esther’s words. 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? Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.”

The central theme of the book of Esther is the sovereignty of God in the affairs of men. In the historical account of the Jews being delivered from physical destruction, you see the hand of God working in the lives of men to bring about the preservation of His people. In spite to the fact that God is not the author of evil, He has sufficient foreknowledge and power to use it for His Glory, His honor, and His purpose! The fate of a nation now hangs in the balance because of the prideful spirit and hatred of an evil man named Haman. Though the means of deception, he had gotten the King to sign a decree calling for the destruction of the entire Jewish nation. Knowledgeable of this wicked plan, a Jew name Mordecai calls upon Queen Esther to intervene on behalf of her people. Aware that the Queen’s intervention could mean her life, Mordecai left her with these words; “who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” When you study the different words in Mordecai’s declaration, he is saying to the Queen; “Is it possible that God has laid hands upon on you to serve His sovereign purpose by placing you in a dominion of power in the empire so that you might deliver your own people and magnify His name at this very moment?” While it was the question that Mordecai asked Esther; it is a question worthy of personal consideration. We are living in a world that is set on destroying the work of God and the people of God. There is hatred toward the Word of God and relentless attempts are made to brand it as a hate book because the truth will not endorse man’s sin and perversion. The question is; “Has God laid hands on you so that you might serve His sovereign purpose by placing you in a position so that you might testify of His great glory and power; thus helping to spare the destruction of Christianity. If the fate of Christianity lay in your hands would it survive? The truth is, its fate does lay in your hands!