Thursday Thoughts | August 24, 2017

 

I have always been intrigued by the Book of Esther and the amazing account of how God used her to save His people.  I am sure that you remember the account of what took place, but let me set up the scene in your mind.  A king over a very large territory threw a party for his friends and at the same time his wife, the queen, threw a party for her friends.  After 7 days of partying the king wanted to show off his beautiful queen to his friends and commanded that she come to his party to be on display…she refused!  The king was very angry and removed the queen from her position and set out to search for the next queen.  In a similar fashion of our beauty pageants today, the king had young ladies from all the provinces of his kingdom audition to be the next queen, whether they wanted to or not.  Esther, a Jew, was picked!  Just because Esther was now the queen it didn’t mean that everything was going great!  Remember, she was pulled from her family and the life that she knew!  She only saw the king when he wanted to and had little to no relationship with him.  She was put in a position and place that she didn’t understand and on top of all that Haman, a top leader in the king’s cabinet, wanted to kill all of her people.  You probably remember the rest of the account but let me finish it anyway.  Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, saved the king from an assassination attack and the king eventually honored him at the disgust of Haman.  Esther revealed Haman’s plot to kill the Jews to the king and he had Haman hung on the same gallows that he created for the Jews.  The result, God’s people were saved! (please read the 10 chapters of Esther when you can for the full account)
 
You might remember the pivotal part of this account.  It was where Mordecai told Esther that she was going to have to go to the king and reveal the plot of Haman to destroy the Jews.  It was apparent that there was no other way that they would be saved, but there was a problem.  To go in front of the king without being called was an act punishable by death!  Sounds pretty intense doesn’t it!  Esther had a decision to make.  She had to decide if taking a chance with her life to save the lives of many was the thing to do.  In her fear and indecision, Mordecai said the famous words to her found in 
Esther 4:14“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 fathers house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
 
That thought, “…for such a time as this?” is what I think about our current national and international situations that we find ourselves in and how important it is that we equip ourselves to speak for Christ.  I think that it no accident that we are in the era of human history that we are in.  It is no accident of where we are working or living.  There are no accidents with God!  However, I do think that we often wonder why things happen like they do?  We can ask what’s the purpose of it all?  We can ask why? Why? Why? 
I can’t tell you the exact answer to the “why?” questions that we can have, but I can tell you that it is no accident.  I can tell you that God has allowed you to be Indy for such a time as this!  Remember, as believers, God has given us everything that we need to live a victorious Christian life!  He has given us salvation, the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and a fellowship of believers that all work together to equip us.  
 
But what are we supposed to do with what God has given us?  We need to share it!  It is easy to take the gift that God has given us and never share it, in fact that is often what our insecurity wants us to do.  But let me remind you that you were put here for a purpose!  For such a time as this!  Don’t retreat!  Don’t give in!  Speak up!  Stand firm in your faith!  Continue to send missionaries to other countries to do the work of Christ that we can’t do! Love and lead your families!  Teach your kids the Word of God! Love as Christ has loved!  Sacrifice!
 
God has put you in this time and in this place for such a time as this – embrace it!!!