Ordinary to Extraordinary! This is exactly the life that Esther experienced as she answered to the call in her life. We looked at the beginning of her story in the Old Testament last week and learned that she went from being an orphan to being a Queen. Although her circumstances seemed discouraging, she remained faithful to God and developed a willing heart to be obedient to the upbringing of her guardian Mordecai.
As we continue the story of Esther, we pick up where a plot to kill the Jews has been put in place, approved by the king. Queen Esther had kept her identity a secret so the king was not aware that this plot would be directly aimed at her and her people.
Esther now finds herself in a prominent position; the right place at the right time. Mordecai has sent her a message to go before the king, which was against the law unless you were summoned, and intercede for her people: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews, will arise from another place, but you and your family’s household will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:13-14
Wow! Talk about being challenged! First Mordecai confronts Esther and tells her “remember who YOU ARE.” Second, he challenges her step up to the opportunity because if she doesn’t, someone else WILL. And lastly, he exhorts her to realize where she is NOW. And this, not of her own doing, but of God’s grace, favor and will.
Esther at first, hesitated for fear of death which was the consequence of appearing before the King without permission; but we see her courage and strength in her following words: “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 maids 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
So…the challenge is here for us to answer as well:
1. Take a few minutes to reflect on who You are.
2. What are some opportunities you are hesitant in stepping into due to fear, insecurities, doubt?
3. Where do you find yourself today?
Beth Moore writes in her study on the book of Esther “…you also have been placed in your sphere of influence; regardless of the size you perceive it to be, for such a time as this.”
What have you been called to? Have you answered to the call?