Bible reading plan: For Such a Time as This
This week in the McCheyne Bible reading plan, Esther is in the assigned reading.
I love the way the her story unfolds in chapter 4 when Mordecai learns of Haman’s evil plot to kill the Jews and instructs Esther to go and speak to the king. When Esther hesitates because she might be killed for entering the kings presence without being summoned Mordecai responds,
Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Mordecai offers such a clear view of the sovereignty of God, and all of the unexplained “coincidences” support the clear hand of God protecting his people as they step out in faith willingly putting their lives at risk. Esther’s response is a great example.
Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”
We need this view of God’s plan in mind today though we live in a culture, like Esther, that God’s name is not uttered. Who knows, that we too are not in our places of employment, circle of friends, neighborhoods for such a time as this to be engaged in the work of the great commission?
May God give us the same attitude as Esther, “I will go and tell the good news and if I perish, I perish.”