This summer, the women's Bible study group I attend is studying the Book of Esther. This morning when as I was doing the reading, a highlighted portion of a verse on the opposite page suddenly drew my attention. At some point in time, I had previously highlighted the last part of Esther 4:14 which says:
"... who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?"
In April, a decree had gone out (courtesy of a proud and malicious prime minister named Haman) that all Jews were to be executed the following March. Queen Esther, a Jew, learns of this when she is told that her cousin Mordecai has put on sackcloth and ashes and is wailing outside the palace gates. When a servant is sent to inquire about what is going on, Mordecai not only tells Esther what the problem is, he urges her to go before the king and be an advocate for her people.
Esther may be queen but like everyone else, she was not permitted to come into the king's inner court unless summoned by him and he had not summoned her in over a month. To enter his court on her own would mean death... unless he held out his gold scepter. He had banished his previous queen because she refused to publicly degrade herself and obey his drunken orders so Esther had no reason to believe that he would not react the same way when she defied the law and have her executed. Her fear was valid.
Mordecai sends back his reply. Even though she had not revealed that she was a Jew, Mordecai tells her that she would be foolish to think she will escape death even if she is in the palace. If she refuses to act, God will provide deliverance from another source but she and her family would die. Then Mordecai adds those words, "who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?" Esther makes her decision. Even if it means death, she will go and plead for the lives of her people.
God has placed us in various positions or circumstances. You may be a husband, a wife, a father, a mother, a pastor, a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, a waitress, a janitor, a factory worker or a cashier. You may be working in a cubicle somewhere, sitting in a boardroom or be a housewife/husband going about your daily tasks. You may be healthy, sick, able-bodied or disabled. You might be rich, poor or in-between. You might live in the city or in the country, you might be young or you might be old but there is one thing that we as Christians can know for sure. God has a purpose for you being in the place that you are at this particular time of your life. God has brought you to this place, for just such a time as this.
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Oh, I love the book of Esther! But I have never seen Vashti in a good light. She disobeyed the King. I see her as arrogamt. She was too busy partying with the girls to do as her husband, the King, dictated. I also think the King was more than kind to her. He could have had her executed.
But as far as the quote regarding Esther, yes, we never know what the Lord has in store, when He places us in a certain time and space.
"God has a purpose for you being in the place that you are at this particular time of your life. God has brought you to this place, for just such a time as this."
Well put. I loved this blog, because if we look only at the circumstances, it's easy to forget that God is working for good. But those little words ... God brought me here ... they change everything.
What I tend to forget that it's not always about being "used" - sometimes, we are being "helped" or our prayers are being answered in an unlikely way which may even involve some trouble. Like ... my work. A lot of changes of late. A lot of extra pressure. A few tears and late nights. But several of my teeth were hurting. Are hurting. Really hurting! I had prayed for help with my teeth, a few times, because the dentist's bill was going to be well out of budget.
In all this, and wondering, "However can I be used here? I mean, beyond trying to be nice to people or just doing the right thing?" I now see it's not all about me doing something. No ... God was answering my prayer. My job is harder, but I now have proper dental insurance. As of this morning, when I signed my new contract. Ahh! How nice it will be, to get even one of these teeth fixed! God is good.
Thank you for a great blog.
PS. as for Vashti ... I can only add my opinion - just opinion - that, even dressed, it isn't awfully nice for a man to ask his pretty wife to come, so he can display her to a roomful of drunk men.
Well said excellent - I enjoyed this blog. As to he speculation I think you can read between the lines and be not far from the truth.
God has a purpose for you being in the place that you are at this particular time of your life. God has brought you to this place, for just such a time as this.
Amen K. even in the face of ...