Esther 4:14 For A Purpose

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“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?” Esther 4:14 

Getting into a new position happens often for many people. Sometimes that new position is unexpected and of high honor. They were not seeking a high level position, but it appeared to come to them.

When a person is humble and this occurs, he will often ask himself as to why he got that position. There does not seem to be a logical reason for getting it, yet he is still there.

Mordecai had chosen to refuse to bow down and pay honor to Haman. Haman then got the king to sign a command to allow all the Jewish people to be killed, because of rebellion. Mordecai asked Esther, who was family and the king’s queen, to go before the king about it. She was nervous, because it could mean she could be killed. Mordecai told her that maybe it was for this very purpose that she was made queen.

Most people will never be in a position of queen or king over a nation, but they will be in other positions of different levels of influence. Regardless of what position a person is in, there is a purpose for it, and one more than just a title or paycheck.

God places people into positions to be His witness. At every level there are people who need to hear about Jesus. At every level, there are people who need a Godly influence in the decision making process. Believers can bring God’s wisdom into any decision made.

You may or may not be in some high level position, but you are in a position that can touch others and influence them for God’s eternal purpose. You can be the light in a dark place that may be what changes or protects others.

Do not be afraid to take a stand for God and His ways. The world may not like it and may kill you, but then again, the world may see it and change. This is not for you to decide, but to trust God and maybe be there for such a time as this.

Ask God to show you why you are where you are. It will be to be an eternal influence in a temporary world.

I pray today that you will see God’s purpose for your life; that you will not fear being God’s witness; that God will use you to touch many lives; and that you will be a light for Jesus to this dark world. 

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Esther 6:12-13 The World’s Future

Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him–you will surely come to ruin!” Esther 6:12-13

As Haman was plotting the destruction of the Jewish people, the king had found out that Mordecai had once saved him from destruction. Mordecai had never been honored for that work. The king then had Haman honor Mordecai throughout the streets of the city. He was then told by his friends that his downfall had started and that there was nothing he could do about it because Mordecai was Jewish.

The world likes to feel that they are in absolute control of everything. With that mind-set, the world strives to destroy Christians. They will make rules that will make a Christian be a criminal if they continue in their belief.

As this happens at times, the believer may feel like the world is winning the battle. The pressure to give in to sin will be great.

However, the world has not read the end of the story. God has the final word.

Haman’s advisors and wife realized that with Mordecai being Jewish, he had a power that was greater and that Haman would lose in the end. As a believer, you have a power that is in you that is greater than the powers that are in this world. God has and will overcome those in the world.

The world may look like it is winning the battle right now, but God will win in the end. The downfall of Satan and this world started when Jesus rose up from the dead nearly two thousand years ago.

The future of this world is destruction, while your future, as a believer in Jesus, will be one of eternal life. As you stand strong and true to Jesus, you will overcome those in the world. The world may try to stop you and destroy you, but all they can do is destroy the body. God has your soul in His hands.

Trust Jesus today to keep you safe in the end.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will not fear the attacks of this world; that you will not give in to sin; and that you will trust God for your salvation.

Esther 4:14 For A Purpose

“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?” Esther 4:14

Haman had talked the king into making it a rule allowing for the people to kill and destroy all the Israelites in the land. Mordecai asks Esther to go before the king to get him to stop the ruling. She does not want to go, because there was a rule that if the king did not summon her, she was not allowed to go to him. Mordecai tells her that if she remains silent she will die, and that it is possible that it is for this very reason that she was raised to the high position of queen.

When a person of the world gets moved into a high position, it is usually looked at as a personal gain for personal purposes. People take pride in their high position and see it as a benefit for themselves. That position is usually used to make the person look better, get better privileges, more money, more position and other selfish reasons. It is rarely looked at as the ability to help others better.

Jesus had come into the world to serve the people. He wanted to meet their greatest need, even though He was lifted up to the highest position possible.

As a believer, you are also lifted to a high position. You are now a child of God. You are a co-heir with Jesus. This is a high position, next to the king.

With this position, you have the purpose of bringing a message to the world. In the bringing of that message, you may get killed, as Jesus did, but it is still important.

In this life, every position you hold, every place you go, you have a purpose. That purpose is to bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus. You are to snatch them from the fire.

You are in the right place, at the right time to bring that message to whomever you are around. You are the one who can do what no one else can do. You are there for a purpose.

Will you ignore that purpose and allow others to die?

Or will you meet that purpose?

I pray today that you will see God’s purpose for your life; that God will reveal to you who you need to help; that you will see opportunities where you are to speak God’s word to the world; and that you will build God’s kingdom.

Esther 3:8 No Toleration

Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces among the peoples of your kingdom who keep themselves separate. Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the kings best interest to tolerate them.” Esther 3:8

King Xerxes had chosen to raise Haman up into a higher position of honor among the royal officials. It was ruled that all the other officials must bow down in honor of Haman, when in his presence. Mordecai, an Israelite, refused to bow down to Haman, making him very angry. Haman then went to the king about a group of people who were defiant and refusing to follow his rules. He wanted a way to destroy those people, even though it was only one person who appeared to be defiant with him.

Standing up for something different from the normal flow of things makes a person defiant and a type of rebel. Most people do not like someone who stands out differently than themselves. As a whole most want everyone to live in conformity to everyone else. They want unity among everyone. There is no tolerance for those who live a different life.

Believers stand out as different. Every believer is a stranger in this world. They are to live by a different set of rules. These rules are those of God. The rules are made to love and honor God first, and then love every person. Any thing less than this is not acceptable to a believer.

The world does not like that type of living. Those in the world want to be honored first over God or anyone else. When they are not honored, the world will find ways to make the Christian look bad and defiant, refusing to be obedient. This has been seen in America with rules against speaking against various sinful lifestyles.

You have to be willing to stand for God first and foremost in your life. Live the life God is calling you to live. You are different. You are to be defiant against living in sin. You are to be a rebel against doing things against God. As the world is not tolerant of believers, you must not be tolerant with sin in your life.

What are you tolerant of today?

I pray today that God will strengthen you to live for Him; that you will not fear the world’s rules; that you will be separate to God alone; and that the world will see you as a believer in Jesus.

Esther 2:17 Unexpected Favor

Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Esther 2:17

While the Israelites were still captives in Babylon, King Xerxes had become upset with his wife, queen and had her removed. He had to find another lady to take her place. The king opened it up to all the virgins in the land. Esther was an Israelite who had prepared herself for the position. She had won his heart and was made queen, though Xerxes did not know that she was a captive.

Esther had been brought up by Mordecai, her cousin. He was a strong believer in God and brought her up believing in God. She was brought up with the correct morals and character that was honorable. Esther lived her life in obedience to those over her and was willing to honor those above her. These characteristics made her stand out. She was not out to build herself up and fight for a position.

Many in this world strive hard to stand out and make themselves someone important. They want the best positions and connections. Often many will cut others down, pointing out their flaws in order to look better themselves. Esther did not do any of those things.

As a believer, you are also to live your life for God. When you live your life for God, you will stand out as someone different. Some of those differences are: that you can be trusted, you are honorable, you are faithful, you are truthful, and you real, among many other characteristics.

Even the world recognizes these characteristics as being good, though very few follow them. As with Esther, you can receive unexpected favor . Because Esther was a captive foreigner, she should never have been made queen. She was made queen because of her beauty, both physical and character.

How does your life look to others?

Is it one filled with beauty that comes from the inside?

Or is it only external beauty?

Live as Jesus did, and there will be times you will receive unexpected honor. God can and will move you into places of honor when you are living for Him.

I pray today that you will serve God with all of your life; that you will live as Jesus did; that you will bring honor to God’s name; that God will use you in great ways; and that you will trust God with all of your heart.