Esther 4:14, “… Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
We know of opportunities that present themselves when least expected. At the very moment they present themselves, you weigh the possibilities of being the person to rise to the occasion while looking at who you are. I watched a comedy where this young man was afraid of swimming, he did not feel he could do it because he was just too terrified. On one particular day, he saw this girl fall in the pool drowning, he swallowed his fears and jumped into the pool to rescue the girl not knowing that he had fears before. But for a moment of time, he stepped into the occasion and did what he was afraid to do so as to rescue someone else.
Esther found herself in a position of diving into the deep end to rescue the Jews who were about to be destroyed by wicked Haaman. She is the queen as we know, feeling safe but her people were not safe. Though Mordecai knew her niece was the queen and he could get whatever he might have wanted for himself, his desire was to see all the Jews free. Of course we can now see that his fighting for Esther to be the queen was not just for Esther alone but for the Jews. But for a moment she had an opportunity to rise to the occasion to rescue the Jews even if it meant perishing. Esther is reminded that if she does not do it, there will still be deliverance for the Jews, but who knows if she came to the kingdom for such a time as this for such a time as this to be used. Have you ever asked yourself why you are where you are for such a time as this? I don’t believe it was by coincident. Have you asked yourself why what you’ve been afraid to face present themselves the way the do and you either have to let them drown or jump to rescue because you have swallowed your fears? That job, ministry or calling you were afraid to step into because you do not see how you can do it? for such a time as this, you’ve been presented with an opportunity. I believe that there are certain things you will never fully know you can do until you swallow your fears and jump to the deep end only to find you can swim.
Upon being challenged by Mordecai, she knew the fate of the Jews will based on the decisions she makes. Note something here, she is not known as a Jew to the king yet, neither is anyone allowed to present themselves before the king without being called. Appearing before this king without being summoned called for death and here is her response to Mordecai vs. 16″Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; … My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” A young queen ready to lay her new career on the line. Ready to face her fears for the sake of her people. Ready to jump to the deep end. The moment she was ready to let go, God granted her favor with the king. When we are ready to loose it at a given moment that is when we find it. Great decision by Esther, great rescue for the Jews. You are where you are for such a time as this, ask the Lord to show you what you could do at a given moment to make a difference, swallow your fears and jump to the deep end at trust Him with the outcome. Blessings Ev