For Such a Time as This | God’s Greater Purpose in Our Everyday Lives

“And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14b, ESV)

The book of Esther tells the story of King Ahasuerus, king of Persia and his unlikely marriage to Esther, a Jewish woman. Esther was one of many women who were presented to King Ahasuerus in his search for a new wife. She hid her Jewish background both before and after her marriage to the king. (You can read a lengthier introduction to the Book of Esther here.) Of course, it was God Himself who was ultimately in control of the course of events leading to Esther becoming Queen. Soon after her coronation, a series of events unfolded that led to an edict being written ordering the destruction of the Jewish people living in the lands ruled by King Ahasuerus.

Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, sent word to Esther regarding the edict and pleaded with her to use her position to help save her people. Her initial response was essentially to say “no”, as no one was allowed before the king without being summoned. To appear without invitation was a near-certain death sentence. Mordecai does not let up, telling 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 4:13b-14 ESV emphasis mine)

He is essentially saying, “Hey Esther, your position in the kingdom is not accidental. You do have a choice, but if you choose to keep silent, it will not save you. But perhaps you were placed as Queen in these days for the purpose of saving your people.” Esther then agrees to go before the king without a summons saying, “Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16b, ESV emphasis mine).

Don’t we often live like Esther? As though our circumstances are something we have earned or deserve? Or, on the flip side, as if they are less than what we are entitled to, mediocre, and mundane? Both attitudes are driven ultimately by pride and reveal a lack of belief in the sovereignty of God over every single circumstance in our life. Our reality is much greater than we can fathom though. The Bible says “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:16, NLT) Did you catch that? Every moment was laid out. We never have to wonder if God is involved in the details of our lives. Like Esther, we have been placed in this world, at this time, on purpose, and with a purpose.

And also like Esther, we need to be reminded at times that we are here for such a time as this.

The 9 to 5 job that drains you of energy and joy? You are there for such a time as this.

The season of unemployment (whether chosen or not) that leaves you home with the kids full time? You are there for such a time as this.

Your season of singleness? You are there for such a time as this.

Fighting for your marriage in the face of hectic schedules? You are there for such a time as this.

Caring for an aging parent? You are there for such a time as this.  

{Fill in the blank with your unique circumstance} You are there for such a time as this.

This week, take some time to pray and ask God to reveal where you can be an agent of restoration in His Kingdom through everyday situations of your life. Is there a coworker who needs someone to lend an ear? Does one of your kids need additional focused time from you? Do you have neighbors who need encouraging? Does your spouse need you to simply hold their hand?

There is enormous freedom in remembering that our life is not about us. Esther was not Queen solely (or, I would even say, primarily) for her own good. She was given that position for the good of others. Friends, we have the same opportunities with the circumstances in our lives. And like Esther, we have a choice in whether or not we will follow God to their greater purpose. Let’s choose Him; it’s always the more excellent way.

Have a blessed week, friends!

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