March 1, 2012

Esther 4:14
For if you (Esther) remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?

Esther is born a Jew with no royal blood in her veins. The king is looking for a new queen and sends out an edict requesting all the young women to be presented to him. He tries one every night until he gets to the one he wants to keep. Esther is the one he does keep and she is now a queen.

This is better than American Idol. I mean what are the odds of being chosen and yet she was chosen. She may live with one of the meanest kings, but still she is the queen and I am sure in that position a lot of people were at her beck and call. However, even as the queen she is subject to his orders and that is why her uncle beseeches her to go before the king for her people. Esther is hesitant and with good reason. King Xerxes is not a nice king and Esther can be killed for going before him without being summoned.

None of us are queens or royalty and none of us will be called to go before a murderous king. Still, God calls us from where we are to do what must be done. We may not want to do it. We may be afraid to do it. We may wonder why God has placed this calling in our life. I am sure we all ask those questions of God. Like Esther we learn that God puts us in position not to make us royalty but to work for His kingdom. This is what Mordecai tries to teach Esther. He tells her that she is in this royal position because God is going to use her to help her people.

Walking into the inner court had to be the longest walk of Esther’s life. Walking down the corridor of a hospital, penitentiary, unemployment office, or courtroom can be just as frightening. When Esther faces the entrance the king sees her and he is pleased. Only our God can make the face of a murderous king smile at the Jewish queen trembling before him. It may be only God who does smile upon us at the end of our walk. If we don’t find any happy human faces that is okay; just keep in mind whose face is upon you and who it is that’s smiling at you–God … just in case you forgot. Let us pray:

Lord God, as I walk down this hard path I tremble with fear and anticipation. I don’t think anything good can come out of it. Then Lord, I look up and see Your face smiling at me for when You ask me to go and I do, I know that pleases You. This I pray in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.


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