“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” Esther Chapter 4, vs 14.
Out of the entire book of Esther, this is the verse that has spoken to me in many ways… The scene unfolds: After King Ahasuerus banishes his Queen Vashti from ever appearing again in front of him, the beautiful Jewish girl, Esther, finds favor in the King’s eyes, and she is crowned the new Queen. Her Uncle Mordecai overhears a plot against King Ahasuerus, tells Queen Esther of the plot, Esther in turn informs the King in Mordecai’s name, and presto, the kniving culprits find themselves swaying from the gallows. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Esther is keeping her lips zipped about her lineage, per Mordecai’s instructions. Enter Haman whose power and prestige in Ahasuerus’s kingdom requires that folks bow and scrape to him–Mordecai won’t have nuttin’ to do wid dat, no suh. Haman freaks out, and learning that Mordecai is a Jew, figures why not get rid of all the Jews instead of just one little old man? Haman snitches to King A that there are a people (the Jews) through-out his land who thumb their noses at the King’s laws and they need to be done away with. King A is A-okay with that, and gives Haman the go-ahead. The decree goes out to kill all Jews–young, old, women and children. To make a long story even longer, Esther learns of Haman’s evil plot, and Uncle Mordecai by way of messenger says (supposedly), “Girl don’t kid yourself, you’re goin’ down with the rest of them…” but what he really says is this: “Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews…” Chapter 4:13.
“…and who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”
I’m not a queen, but I’ve come across situations when those words enter my mind. “For such a time as this… I have been placed in this situation, with this particular person, on this particular day, at this particular time. This is my time to shine for Christ, to make a difference for Christ. “For such a time as this… I am to share a verse, say a kind word of encouragement, give of my time. “For such a time as this… God has given me a particular talent or ability to help another. This is my particular time, my particular opportunity… no one else possess what I possess at this very moment to point someone towards Christ, to help someone make a decision, to listen to someone’s sorrows. “For such a time as this… I bumped into that stranger on the sidewalk, or sat next to that person on an airplane, or stumbled across that person’s blog. “For such a time as this… I am the person that was needed at that moment, no one else would do, no one else could do what I can do–and should do.
If you are willing to be used by God, you will find yourself being part of many “for such a time as this” situations. You are purposely made by God and have unique spiritual gifts and abilities that are perfectly suited for precise events with selected people at a defined moment. Life is exciting and interesting when you realize the part you play in this world. Every morning when you wake up, you can live in anticipation of that special moment(s) when God places you in another’s path to make an eternal difference in their life.
The beautiful and good Queen Esther went on to save the day and her people. God placed her and used her “woman smarts” (c’mon girl, you know you got ’em!) to influence the King and to turn the tables on that old wicked Haman. And before we know it, we see Haman just a-swingin’ and a-swayin’ (and his sons also) from the very gallows that he had constructed for Mordecai, the Jews triumphant win over their enemies, and a time of feasting and celebration, for Esther and Mordecai knew what part they played in… such a time as this.
Never underestimate the power God has given you to make a difference in this world!
P.S. I have just ordered the book, “For Such A Time As This” Secrets of Strategic Living from the Book of Esther, by Ray C. Stedman.