So, last night, I was reading the book of Esther. And once again, reading God’s Word never disappoints. When Mordecai says to Esther, ‘who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?’ (4:14). These words struck a chord with Esther so that she immediately decided upon the plan to make a difference God wills. She called for praying and fasting from food and water, and called for others to do so as well. Then after three days she would use the influence, position, or personal and political capital she had to attempt a saving of her people. Amazing. Esther was ready to risk everything she had to do the right thing. She was resolved to the point of dying, saying, ‘If I perish, I perish” (4:16).
All who walk with God will attain respect, wealth, or power. These are the ‘capital’ I referred to. And they each can be accumulated to be used for good or to they can be hoarded and stored in barns. There is going to be a time in each person’s life when the decision will be to risk personal fortunes for a greater good. Now may be the hour for men and women (like Esther) who are willing to do good even if it means ‘if I perish, I perish.’
If you are in a position of power, use it at this time. If you have attained great wealth or prestige, accept that God may have put you where you are for such a time as this. Men who are silent when they could make a difference by being willing risk it all, have to ask themselves was it selfishness, fearfulness, pridefulness, or faithlessness? They might say it was prudence. Esther might have said to do this is not prudent at this time. Each person will have to ask what can I do at this pivotal time in history? A good place to start is prayer with fasting, and seek God’s wisdom.
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