Who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? Esther 4:14
In a small Illinois town, domestic violence comprises 40 percent of all crimes in the community. According to a local pastor, this issue is often hidden in our faith communities because it’s uncomfortable to talk about. So instead of shying away from the problem, local ministers chose to exercise faith and courageously address the issue by taking classes to recognize the signs of violence and supporting nonprofit organizations working on the issue. Acknowledging the power of faith and action, a local minister said, “Our prayers and compassion, coupled with some tangible support, can make an important difference.”
When Esther, Queen of Persia, was hesitant to speak out against a law that authorized the genocide of her people, she was warned by her uncle that if she remained silent, she and her family wouldn’t escape but would perish (Esther 4:13–14). Knowing it was time to be bold and take a stand, Mordecai queried, “Who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (v. 14). Whether we are called to speak out against injustice or to forgive someone who’s caused us distress, the Bible assures us that in challenging circumstances, God will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5–6). When we look to Him for help in moments where we feel intimidated, He’ll give us “power, love, and self-discipline” to see our assignment through to the end (2 Timothy 1:7).
What might God be asking you to do? What tools have you already been given to answer the call?
Heavenly Father, thank You for placing a unique calling over my life. Help me to overcome my fears and step out in faith.
The story of Esther and the victory of God’s people over their long-standing enemies provide both encouragement and a warning to us today. Even when God seems absent, He’s operating behind the scenes to care for His people and protect them from their enemies. The survival of the Jewish people also means the continuance of the hope for the Messiah who would come. We also learn that God’s judgment can’t be hindered by anyone.
Adapted from Understanding the Bible: The History Books. Read it at DiscoverySeries.org/Q0416.