There are those in the Bible that were right on time, others went ahead of God’s appointed timing, and then there was One, born in the fullness of time. Over the next week or so, we will look at what it means, what it takes, and how things turn out when we choose to follow God’s timing.
Today we will look at Esther, a representative of those who listened to God and walked in step with his plan(s) for their life.
We usually hear about Esther the queen, but before she was queen, she was an orphan being raised by her cousin Mordecai. And it was Mordecai that delivered those fateful words that are associated with Esther’s story – “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 NIV, italics added). I believe these words rang in Esther’s ears as her call to action, and did she ever take action. The remaining verses of chapter 4, in the book of Esther, show her request for a time of fasting among her people, as preparation for the risky step she would have to take, in hopes of securing their safety. That risky step involved approaching her husband, King Ahasuerus, unannounced – a deed punishable by death. Under girded by her people’s support, Mordecai’s words of exhortation, and her conviction that she couldn’t live lavishly while her people faced genocide, Esther made her move.
Esther’s words – “…if I perish, I perish.” gives me assurance that she believed this was God’s timing for her to act. In her words you don’t see an assurance that everything will work out in her favor, but you do see the character that it takes to step out in God’s timing and leave the results to Him.
I’ll let you read how it all turns out if you don’t already know.
Where do you see yourself in Esther’s story?
When has God put you in a position at just the right time?
How have things worked out when you stepped out in what you believed to be God’s timing – High stakes, smooth sailing, or something else?