Broken. Desperate. Hopeless. These are a few words that could be used to describe Mordecai.
He had just discovered that Haman had manipulated King Xerxes into annihilating the Jews. Letters had been sent out to each province to declare a death sentence for Mordecai and his people. It says that when he discovered the news he tore his clothes, put ashes on his head, put on a sackcloth, and cried out at the entrance of the King’s gate. This response was beyond having a bad day. Mordecai truly felt despair at the situation he found himself in. Word got out to Esther and she tried to help him. What I find most interesting is that Mordecai refused the gesture she sent him but rather, Mordecai called Esther to not just offer him help but all of the Jewish people of the land.
Then there’s Esther. Mordecai, the man who raised her, wants her to utilize her influence and position of power to save everyone by approaching the King, but there was a huge problem. She had not been summoned by the King in over a month and to approach him uninvited could potentially be a death sentence for her. It was such bad timing for a girl who is not just trying to keep herself safe but also the lives of her people. Esther finds herself in a major decision-making moment that will determine the future of the Jewish people. Have you ever noticed that doing the right thing is often at the most inconvenient times?
“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 4:14
We know the ending of this predicament. Esther has the most cinematic moment when she approaches the King and he holds out the scepter for her, later saving the lives of her people. This reminds me of a favorite quote from Mark Batterson’s book “n A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day: How To Survive And Thrive When Opportunity Roars, “God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time. A sense of destiny is our birthright as followers of Christ. God is awfully good at getting us where He wants us to go. But here’s the catch: The right place often seems like the wrong place, and the right time often seems like the wrong time.”
Maybe today you’re facing a huge obstacle or problem in your life that has you feeling hopeless. Girl, I have been there in my own way and I know it’s hard. I want to encourage you whether you are facing something majorly hard in your life or if everything is good. I challenge you to look at your life as if it’s an opportunity for God to show off. Every time something happens in your life that seems like a horrible obstacle, I want you to write down some of God’s promises in the Word and pray those over your situation! I know it seems like SUCH BAD TIMING but I promise you it is FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!
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