For Such a Time as This – Esther 4
What a bizarre and horrifying problem the Jews had: by royal decree, they were going to be annihilated, by whichever of their neighbors would choose to become mercenaries. And all because Mordecai had refused to bow to Haman, the king’s right-hand-man with an unquenchable lust for power. Not unlike the King.
And there was Esther, a young queen, whose relationship with Xerxes was hardly a relationship. She hadn’t even seen him in thirty days, and only ever saw him when summoned — which was likely not for her wise counsel or witty banter.
So like I said, it was a terrifying moment in the Jews’ history when Mordecai said this:
If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this? (Esther 4:14)
In some ways, the book of Esther is more about Mordecai than Esther. For sure, her story is important — she did a brave thing from a considerably low position at a pivotal and crucial time, and her actions saved the Jewish people and removed an evil man from power. The obvious heroine in the story.
But while Esther was brave, Mordecai was fearless.
If you keep quiet, deliverance and relief will arise from some other place.
Only one thing would cause a man to say that in response to a mortal threat: he had seen God rescue, protect, and preserve His people before. And what he had experienced gave Mordecai the confidence to believe God would rescue again. He was courageous in his refusal to bow, steady in the face of certain death, and unwavering in his faith that the Lord would do what the Lord had done. That God was faithful and powerful to save, and so he was free to live in the spirit of the meaning of his name, Warrior.
Perhaps you were made queen for such a time as this.
Mordecai saw the forest for the the trees. He recognized God’s sovereignty in the midst of chaos, and he knew his beloved Esther had a role to play. He clearly knew that nothing takes God by surprise — that in His infinite knowledge and wisdom, God secures deliverance for His people before they’re even aware of their need. So Mordecai stood at the ready to step out in faith, and he encouraged those around him to do the same.
And I’m inspired by him, motivated to stand on what I know is true and excited to experience God more and more, knowing He’ll produce perseverance, endurance, wisdom, and resolve in me too.
That He’ll make me a warrior, for such a time as this.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything…Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:2-4, 12)
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Amanda Jenkins spent ten years in L.A. alongside her film-making husband surrounded by plastic surgery and high-falutin lifestyles, which is where she became convicted and inspired to write about her struggle with chasing perfection in all its forms. Amanda attended Northwestern Bible College and graduated with degrees in Communication and Biblical Studies. She has taught Bible studies for women of all ages for the past 14 years, and is passionate about communicating truth in a culturally relevant and funny way. Today, she lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, Dallas, and their four young children, including their recently adopted 6-yr-old son. She is also the daughter-in-law of Jerry B. Jenkins, author of the best-selling Left Behind Series, and drops his name in the publishing world as often as possible. Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist was released in 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers. Amanda blogs at RagingPerfectionist.com.