FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

November 21, 2017

ESTHER 4:1-17

FOR SUCH A TIMES AS THIS

 

Many people live for power and position but few are willing to give it up. After reflecting  on the devotional today, when we live to obtain power and position for ourselves we will come to the end knowing that what we built will die with us but for those who obtain such things for the betterment of others will leave a legacy that lives beyond them.

 

When we advance in our lives whether through knowledge, personal strength, or positions of leadership, do we move into those things realizing that we have been gifted to be the gift of multiplying that prosperity into others? When we grow, are others growing around us because the first step is personal growth but does your personal growth translate into growth in others? Are you creating a life that is thriving or a culture of thriving where more than one person is nurtured to take it to the next level just as you?

 

I stress this always in the youth because it is so counter-cultural to the times we live in, you are blessed to be a blessing.

 

Today Esther was reminded hard by Mordecai that just because she is safely tucked away in her palace as the new queen of Persia, does not mean that the threat of genocide of the Jews is something that she can ignore. Thankfully she takes the rebuke of Mordecai well and responds by taking the steps necessary to do what she can to help her people in her new found position of being near to the King who does have the authority to bring about the change.

 

As it is Thanksgiving week, the custom is to be thankful, but may your thankfulness lead to being in the posture of generosity and helping others!

 

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Will you stand up for those in need?

    • 11 “All the king's servants and the people of the king's provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live. But as for me, I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days.”

      • Esther responds to Mordecai’s description of what is happening with a valid excuse but an excuse nonetheless. Her people are faced with being totally wiped out and fear for her own life begins to dawn on her so that she may not do whatever she could to stop this tragedy. This is just the fact of life, when you fear for your life it is very hard to care about others. That is why I believe we are so drawn to and praise people who have sacrificed their own life for others because we see the amount of courage they had to have for them to do such a heroic thing. It is easy to just worry about yourself but what if there was a community or people that cared for others more than they cared about themselves? Was willing to sacrifice for others just as much as they were willing to care for themselves? This does not mean that we don’t care for our own well-being because you can’t take care of anybody if you’re not even alive but the notion here is whether we are willing to let go of our wants for the sake of meeting the needs of others. Esther was faced with a hard truth here and though her case is extreme the question still is the same, “Will you stand up for those who are in need?” As much as we can shed a tear and be sympathetic towards people, are we going to actually do something about it?

  • Be willing to take rebuke well

    • 13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 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 was being savage with Esther but he was calling her out. Sometimes when we are blinded to the situation because we are so wrapped up in our own lives that we need a Mordecai in our lives to wake us up. Mordecai’s rebuke tells us several things:

        • Salvation will come but it will be up to Esther if she wants to be a part of it

        • Esther was placed in an important role to be the voice to the voiceless but fear was blocking her from being that. It is a funny thing about fear, fear makes you forfeit your destiny.

        • Our blessings are positionings for breakthrough for a greater purpose beyond ourselves. Those who only live for themselves are not living with the grand purpose that God blessed them with.

  • Learn to empathize

    • 15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “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.”[a] 17 Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.

      • Esther gets a savage rebuke but because she took it well, she becomes a savage in the process. Esther pretty much was saying, “I don’t care, if I die.” Esther knew that what she was about to do will potentially kill her but the rebuke opened her eyes. Instead of feeling sorry for people she actually identified with her people. She made it a point that this is not something I am going to be sad about and go on living my own life but she made it her problem and walked in their pain, which started a series of plans to help the Jews get out of this mess. To truly help people we must be connected to people and at this moment Esther realizes that before she is a queen she is a Jew.

 

For us, we must make it a goal to realize who we are, connect with those who need help, and use our blessing to bless others.

 

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