This last week the lectionary passage was taken from the Old Testament Book of Esther. Esther was a beautiful Queen who saved the Jewish people from complete destruction. History indicates that Esther was a young girl who, through a series of unfortunate events, found herself in a contest of becoming the new Queen in a land where the Jewish people were not in charge and often not treated well.
As the plot in the Book of Esther thickens we find this young Queen in the position of having the potential (the responsibility) of going before the King to ask for mercy for her people. The only problem was that this King had a history of acting unpredictably, often resulting in the death of anyone who came into his inner sanctum without being invited.
Esther was challenged to go to the King (without an invitation) and ask for mercy for her people. This situation was VERY dangerous for Esther and understandably she did not want to volunteer for this assignment, which was in all probability to a suicide mission.
Esther’s uncle (and caretaker) told her that she SHOULD risk this danger and enter the Kings inner court because, by doing this, she could save her people. Esther’s uncle committed to pray for Esther as she proceeded to risk her life by going to the King.
As Esther was trying to decide what to do, her uncle challenged her by saying that maybe God allowed her to be in this position of Queen ‘for such a time as this.” Maybe God had allowed her to be in this situation for just this opportunity.
What we learn from this narrative is that sometimes opportunities that we find ourselves in are not easy or even safe. Esther teaches us a life lesson here. Esther teaches us to notice the situations in our lives and connect our circumstance with the need at the time.
Maybe you are in your situation in life right now for some positive work for God.
How are the details in your life lining up with this passage?
How is God using your circumstance for good?
How can you use your fear for strength?
How can you use your suffering for good?
Maybe you will find yourself in a situation ‘for such a time as this.”
Maybe God has allowed you to be placed in your circumstance in life ‘for such a time as this.’
In the same way maybe our church, (our worshipping community) is here ‘for such a time as this.’ There are challenges in churches today. Maybe First Presbyterian is here to be part of the solution, maybe we (maybe each individual one of you) are here (in this time and place), ‘for such a time as this.’
Wherever you are, (whoever you are) as you are reading this blog, may you pray like Esther’s uncle to have the eyes to see where you/we are called. Pray to receive the strength to respond to God’s call to you in ‘such a time as this.’
Suggested reading: The Book of Esther (only 10 Chapters – interesting – fun –surprise ending – and challenging)