And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” —Esther 4:14

“So the Jews accepted what they had started to do, and what Mordecai had written to them. For Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur (that is, cast lots), to crush and to destroy them. But when it came before the king, he gave orders in writing that his evil plan that he had devised against the Jews should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. Therefore they called these days Purim, after the term Pur. —Esther 9:23-26

Esther or Hadassah, was orphaned and was being brought up by her uncle Mordecai. When Queen Vashti was dethroned, Esther was, through an extensive process, chosen to take her place. Then, when a plot was devised to annihilate the Jewish population in all the vast Kingdom of King Ahasuerus, Esther was in position to plead for their lives. Haman’s wicked scheme was not carried out and led to him and his families’ destruction instead. All because the Lord God Almighty, as the verse above says, put Esther in the place where she could avert evil.

What about you and me? God has us living “for such a time as this.” What does He desire to do in and through us to stay off evil and to make a difference in peoples’ lives? Esther was willing to do what she knew she needed to even though it could have led to her death. Are we willing to do what the Lord desires of us, even if it meant we might die in doing so? Oh, that we would be faithful to what the Lord desires of us and leave the results to Him! We are called to be faithful! May we be so!

Dear Father, it is my desire to please You above all. May I be faithful in what You desire to do in and through my life— whatever it may be in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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