Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Esther
“When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: ‘Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you 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 your royal position for such a time as this?’” Esther 4:12-14
I started by telling the incredible story of Esther, but it was getting too long….please read it for yourself….it’s an amazing story with plot twists, intrigue, and fast cars and explosions (Okay, that last part isn’t true, but it’s a great story). The bottom line with these few verses, and with the story itself, is that nothing in this life happens by accident. “The footsteps of the righteous are ordered of God” (Psalm 37:23); “No plan of God’s can be thwarted” (Job 42:2); “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20); “The Lord works out everything to its proper end – even the wicked for a day of disaster” (Proverbs 16:4); ‘…and He determined the time set for them and the exact places where they should live’ (Acts 17:26); and “And we know that all things work for the good to those who love the Lord and who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
So, when Esther is unsure if she should enter the king’s throne room to ask to overturn his decree to kill all of the Jews (he was tricked to do so by Haman), Mordecai reminds her that the reason she is the new queen is ‘for such a time as this’. There’s a divine reason why she is now in this position, and that divine reason is to save the Jews and show that the Lord God is sovereign over all things.
If you belong to the Lord – if you are a child of the King – if you’ve come to faith in Christ by God’s grace, then trust that the Lord knows what He is doing in your life. You will still hit roadblocks, suffer loss, hurt and you may even be severely persecuted for your faith, but since the Lord God is sovereign, He is ordering your steps for your good, the good of His Kingdom and the advancement of the Gospel, and ultimately, for His glory. Rest in His providential care.