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"ESTHER"

standing up for God

'For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place...who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?'

Esther 4:14

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Esther had both external beauty and inner strength and used the position and opportunities that God gave her to save her people. She is represented by the tigress for her courage in facing her enemies with fearless determination. 

The story of Esther sounds like a modern day spy film filled with plenty of drama: assassination attempts, attempted genocide, rags-to-riches origin story, greed and political corruption, plenty of banquets and drinking, and a complete plot twist at the eleventh hour. A young, orphaned, Jewish girl, exiled in a foreign land where her people were the minority, is chosen as the Queen of Persia (the largest and most prosperous nation at the time). Through a series of events, we see the antagonist, Haman, making plans to enable the potential genocide of God’s people. Only Queen Esther is in a position to attempt to stop it at the risk to her own life. As with Joseph, the unseen hand of God in the background shows us that not only is He perfectly aware of what is going on, but also that He is orchestrating everything in our lives, regardless of whether we can see or understand it. In fact, God is not mentioned at all in the book of Esther, perhaps to illustrate this very point. 

 

God has a plan to use each and every one of us for His ultimate purpose and glory. Esther courageously, prayerfully and carefully planned her response to intervene on behalf of God’s people, despite the risk to her life. Likewise, God has put you exactly where you are, within your specific spheres of influence, for a reason. There will be people and situations into which only you will have the opportunity to speak truths into. When your own Esther moment comes, you have a choice - will you choose your own comfort or will you rise to the occasion? Are you willing to risk your own interests, convenience, reputation, resources, and perhaps more, in standing up for God?

Who knows, whether you are placed here in this exact situation you are in now, ‘for such a time as this'?

If you would like to read more about the story of Esther please see:

The Bible Project also has great resources on the story of Esther,

you can watch the video here:

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