Text: Esther 4:1-17, Jeremiah 29:10-14, Isaiah 41:10-13
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
– Esther 4:14, ESV
The story of Esther fascinates me. I can read it hundreds of times over and still be in complete awe of her obedience. God’s hand was so evident in the orchestration of this beautiful journey, and her silent following of God’s will was met with favor and influence. Yet, her journey came down to a single moment that could have changed the course of her story forever.
Esther had the opportunity to help save her people, and she could have easily walked away, scared of the risk she would need to take. But Mordecai saw God’s purpose in Esther’s life. In this moment—this crossroads in the book of Esther—Mordecai’s words proclaim truth, leaping off the page and stirring our hearts.
And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
(Esther 4:14b, ESV)
Sometimes I sit and wonder how Esther felt —away from everything she knew, in a place she never could have imagined being. She was called away from her home and people to follow a path the Lord so clearly laid out for her. She could have fought her calling, refusing to admit that she was created for such a time as this.
If I’m being honest, this is so often how I respond to my own circumstances. I would rather run kicking and screaming the other way or stick up my nose, pretending not to notice that this place is exactly where He has me.
We all have different “kingdoms.” Each of us has been lead to a different destination, by a different path, journeying through unique circumstances to get where we are today. Where you are right now—where He has you in each moment—that is your kingdom. That very place is the piece of God’s Kingdom that He has entrusted to you. Whether you believe your kingdom is substantial or completely irrelevant, it is still yours and it is still His. You are still His. He has brought you here on your journey for such a time as this. .
We are like Esther in many ways, trying to make sense of what the Lord’s will is in our lives.
It is only with His strength that we make the decision to say “yes” right where He’s called us. Esther could have, without thinking twice, decided she was too scared or anxious to take her request before the King—but she said yes.
I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
(Isaiah 41:9,10a NIV, emphasis mine)
God chose us—we did not end up where are are on our own. Yet, we are still given a choice. Will we walk away, or will we accept the task that He has placed before us?
God gives us purpose in this very moment, in this kingdom.
Let’s seek Him—with our whole hearts—in this very place He has lead us to. With His help, let’s dare to say yes to “such a time as this.”
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
What is your kingdom?
Elisabeth Steckle (or “Lis”) has been living and working in Uganda for the last year as Sole Hope’s International Coordinator. She processes her journey – the struggles and joys – on her blog, seeking to better understand Father’s heart. She loves writing, photography, and aims to always have a cup of coffee in her hand.