Sunday Devotional: Esther 4:13-14

Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews.  For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  (Esther 4:13-14)

Esther is in a tough position.  Her people, the Jews, had been under order of the king to be exterminated.  This was due to the fact that one of the king’s top people, Haman, hated the Jews and convinced the king to sign the order.  But as queen, Esther could not just go to the presence of the king unannounced.  Mordecai tells Esther the importance of her role in this and what she can do.  And he poses the question of whether she was placed in this position “for such a time as this?”

God puts us (or allows us to be) in places and situations for a reason.  Those are opportunities to be used by Him to accomplish what He wants done.  Esther rose to the position of queen so that she would be able to intercede for the Jewish people in a time of threat to them.  As you go about your week this week, think about where you are in this season of life and how God can use you for His glory.

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