For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
We all know the story of Esther, how a beautiful Hebrew girl became the queen of a great empire. It is a beautiful account and reminder of how God is always watching over His people. As I read that verse, there are several thoughts that jump out at me that I’d like to share today.
1. There is a time to speak and a time to keep silent.
This was not the time for Esther to be silent, it was her time to speak up for her people. Do we know when it is time to speak up for the things that need to be spoken for; is it your time to speak against the evil of your day?
2. Deliverance will come, but are you willing to pay the price?
I can’t help but think of that citation by the outspoken public foe of Adolf Hilter, Martin Niemoller;
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
3. This is your time!
Esther was put there by God for such a time as this, to be used of God to bring deliverance to her people. She was reminded that God’s plan/people will be delivered with or without her participation. My friend, you are where you are for such a time as this, let God fulfill His plan in and through you, stand up for righteousness, holiness and truth.
Father, help us to be brave, not to fear their faces, but to proclaim the truth and spread holiness, to contend for the faith in such a time as this! Amen.