In the book of Esther, Chapter 4, Esther, a Jew, had been made queen by King Xerxes and as such was living in the King’s castle and enjoying the royal life! Haman had been elevated to a position higher than all the other nobles which came with the expectation that one would kneel in his presence. Mordecai refused to kneel to a man which was reported to Haman who then convinced the King to issue a decree killing not just Mordecai, but all Jews. Mordecai was able to get word to Esther instructing “her to go into the king’s presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people.” (Verse 8)
The text continues: “9 Hathak went back and reported to Esther what Mordecai had said. 10 Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai, 11 “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king.”
12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
17 So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions.”
Several things jumped out to me in this passage … not just because they are in bold font! First, I have seen first-hand people who get to a position either personally or professionally where they seem to see themselves as above others. We see it in politicians, celebrities, clergy, etc. … ourselves! But we ALL answer to THE KING at some point and that warning in vs. 13 rings true for us all … don’t think because you were a good guy, a lawyer, a doctor, president, grounds keeper or whatever other status you can think of … that you will escape the fires of hell if you haven’t accepted Christ!
God has placed each of us on this earth to accomplish certain things and reach certain people. I can look back on numerous opportunities I have had … and missed! It is an honor for God to use us to accomplish his will and not the other way around as some would think! God’s Will is perfect and not dependent on your mood, fear or indifference. If you miss the opportunities God has presented to you, He will have someone “arise from another place”.
Wherever we are in life and whatever our “status” God has us in that “royal position for such a time as this!” You may be thinking that your job, status, house, family, etc. are far from ROYAL, but consider this … it is not you that makes it royal, but God placing you there!
One more thing that struck me was that Esther didn’t just run to the King’s presence or use her status to circumvent the established rules, but fasted and prayed and asked Mordecai to do the same for her. When she did present herself to the king, she did so after seeking God’s will and preparing the way through Him!
I pray each of us have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving. That we spend time with those we love and give God all of the glory and that we live each and every moment and opportunity like we were placed there “FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!”