For Such A Time As This
“And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this occasion?”
The Book of Esther is one of only two books in the Old Testament that is named after a woman whom the sequence of events centers around. The Book is filled with romance, adventure, and danger.
Esther led a humble Jewish life and was left an orphan when her father and mother died. She was adopted by Mordecai, a cousin, who raised her as his own daughter. Esther was known for a mixture of personal beauty, radiant personality, and courage. Through a chain of events she became the wife of King Xerxes and was crowned the Queen of Persia.
H. V. Morton stated the following regarding Queen Esther: “When a person has gone up in the world and has achieved a position of power and eminence, it requires strength and beauty of character for that person still to love and remember the simple people from whom he, or she, sprang...”.
Mordecai's words: “For such a time as this” seemed to keep her motivated to carry out God's purpose and plan to save her people. She was the only person who had the high position and influence to do so. Her bravery, courage, and wisdom delivered her nation from disaster.
The Jews who were in Persia at that time celebrated their deliverance. To this day they celebrate the Purim Festival on the fourteenth and fifteenth of March. At that time, Queen Esther who rose up as a rescuer of the Jewish people is commemorated, and lives on in the hearts of her people. They remember her bravery by reading the book that is named after her.
As you go about your daily routines, be aware that God is directing and working in your life, just as He did Esther's. He functions in many ways that you may not even notice. There are events that occur that are not by coincidence or by accident. He is always there steering, rearranging, and moving about.
Like Queen Esther, God has an overall purpose and plan for the situations that He places His people in. Each day He walks along with them. At times, it is difficult to be in circumstances that seem to indicate that He is not in control. However, only in retrospect, can a person clearly see His presence and purpose. He is in control every step of the way, and His plan is being carried out.
Always keep in mind that like Queen Esther, you were created for God's purpose and plan “for such a time as this and for this very occasion”!
Lord God, thank You for working out Your plan and purpose in our life. Help us to continually to be looking for Your hand moving in our life. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington