This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Est 4:14 NIV] 14 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?”
Mordechai believed that God had placed Esther in a position of influence for “such a time as this.” God’s people were facing destruction at the hands of Haman. The fate of the Jews seemed to be hanging in the balance. However, Mordechai does not place the weight of the world on Esther’s shoulders…, “if you remain silent at this time, deliverance…will arise from another place.” The outcome is in God’s hands, but the opportunity is in Esther’s.
The weight of the world is enough to stop any of us in our tracks. Esther had to balance her fear of what would happen if she does respond with what would happen if she does not.
Like Esther, we have been placed in a position of influence and access. We are daily faced with the question, has God placed me in this job, family, friend group, school, neighborhood for such a time as this? Opening our mouth may not have the same life and death consequences as Esther, but the stakes are just as high.
Esther’s response, (16) “if I perish, I perish” shows Esther’s faith and courage. We are not facing death for opening our mouth… but we do have to choose each day to die to our self.
In the midst of this global crisis the time has never been more urgent for us to share the love and truth of the Gospel. Yes, God could send another, but He has placed you and me here for a reason. Let us each pray for the courage and boldness of Esther this week, to die to self and fulfill our role rescuing His people.