Text: Esther 4. 1-17
Esther was an orphan who was brought up by her uncle Mordecai. She was a slave in a foreign land but later became a Persian Queen by the grace and favour of God. The Jews had been taken captive in Babylon many years before then under the rule of king Nebuchadnezzar.
The demand came for Esther to save her people after a plot by Haman, a high official, of the Persian king Ahasuerus to exterminate the Jews was uncovered.
Esther’s assignment was to appear before the king without being summoned and to plead for the lives of her people. The issues here were that the king did not know Esther was a Jew and also there was a law that anyone who appeared before the king without being summoned stood the risk of being killed except the king lifted his golden sceptre to spare the person’s life.
Esther was initially reluctant to approach the king but then her uncle sent a message to her:
V13 And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Esther then told them to reply to Mordecai and she said:
v16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. 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!”
- Esther knew that she had an assignment and a mandate from heaven to fulfil
- She was willing to lay her life down for her people
- She yielded herself to the heavenly call
- She surrendered herself to the plan of God for her life.
You know what I have discovered about God? When you surrender yourself to the will and purpose of God for your life and willing to risk your life for the sake of the kingdom, you can never get burnt. You may go through the fire or through the waters but God will be there to protect you and bring you to your place of rich fulfilment.
When Esther was made Queen, she must have thought it was all about her, she must have thought she had finally arrived. She did not realise that God was setting her up for something great. She did not realise that God had an assignment for her but when the demand came; she yielded herself and allowed God to use her as a vessel in His hands.
Do you think it was easy for Esther? The answer is “No”. Esther took a risk, she risked being sentenced to death by the king, it was either her life or that of her Jewish people but she was willing to be used as a vessel in the hands of God for His purpose.
How about you? Are you willing to be used of God to fulfil His plan for your life? What are you going to do with the gifts and talents that God has deposited on the inside of you? Your playing small does not serve the world.
God has deposited great treasures in you and all that you need to fulfil purpose. The stage has been set, now is the time for you to arise and allow God to use you for His purpose. Refuse to settle for less than God has for you. Now is your time to make a mark that cannot be erased.
“Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this”?
God bless you