Daily Devotion: April 15

Esther 4:14
 “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet, who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

I love the book of Esther. I love the story of how God took a regular girl and made her a queen. It is the ultimate little princess story. It is also kind of a girl superhero story.
One of my favorite verses is Esther 4:14, especially the last part of it. “Yet, who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Haman was planning to erase the Jews and he had tricked the King into making a decree to allow this to happen. Mordecai learned of it and went to his niece Esther to ask her to help by confronting the king. This was a big ask on his part. If she went to the king without being summoned, he could have her killed. And that is where Mordecai says to her what is written in verse 14. He challenged her with a question.  How do you not know if the whole reason you are where you are is for this exact purpose? That is a question we should all be asking ourselves.
Right now, it is scary out there. There is a lot of information, and it often seems to contradict and it is hard to know what to believe. People are afraid. They are afraid for their job, future, health. For themselves and those they know and love.
In all this fear and confusion, I think about my part. Who am I? I am a daughter of the King. My hope and faith is in Him alone. I trust that He is faithful and He will protect, provide and bring peace. But those around me may not. I have been placed in this time, 2020, and in this state, city, community, neighborhood, for such a time as this. And so were you!
It is no accident that we are right here during this time. God has a plan for us all. Maybe you don’t feel like there is much you can do because there is that ‘stay home’ order and after all you aren’t a pastor or skilled musician or bible study scholar. However, there is something we all can do to help, to support, to encourage, to bring peace. Can you make a meal, mow a lawn, sing a song, play an instrument, shop, share scripture, listen, pray?
Ask yourself: Yet who knows whether you have come to God’s Kingdom for such a time as this?
This is a wonderful time to be a part of God’s Kingdom. He is working and moving and He wants to use us in that work.

1. What can I do to help someone else?
2. Where is God showing me to focus my energy and skills?

1 Comment

Lane - April 15th, 2020 at 2:01pm

Great word and reminder. Christians are not to be sitting on the bench. We are in the game with the Lord. Blessings. Lane