Esther 4:13-16, And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
One of my favorite stories in the bible, for sure! I love how throughout history, God delivered His people when they cried out to Him. If you’ve never read this book, it’s a must read. This is a beautiful story of a girl who was taken from her home, forced to be prepared for the Kings harem, chosen as queen, then used of God to save the Jews from an evil plot. Since we are in the days when Jews everywhere are celebrating Purim, I wanted to read this story again this morning to give better understanding. What I didn’t expect is the following statement from the Lord this morning.
God has placed you where you are for a specific purpose. It’s not by chance you are in this job, this city, this church, this home. God has elevated you to the position you are in right now, for His Kingdom, not your own. What will you do with what He has called you to do? What if it costs you everything? What if He places at your disposal more wealth then you’ve ever seen? Will you still be faithful? Will you keep before you first and foremost, the desires of your God? Can He trust you with what He’s about to take you to?
Father, my heart is set on you, your purpose, your Kingdom. Jesus only did Your will, not his own. Your will was to deliver us from the wicked plan of our enemy who wanted to keep us in bondage, to kill us and rob us of the authority You had given us. Father, I ask that Your Kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. I submit myself, my will and my wants to You. It’s You I am here for. It’s You who has placed me where I am. If I have found favor in Your sight, use me to satisfy your needs today. I give You complete access to everything I have and everything that I am. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen