Verse of the Day Devotion: Esther 4:14
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14
During the reign of King Ahasuerus in Persia, Haman was promoted to the chief minister of the king. This gave him a very elevated position within Persia. In this position, he was given much homage. “All the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate bowed down and paid homage to Haman; for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage.” Esther 3:2. Mordecai was promoted to an office in the court of Ahasuerus, and thus was required to bow to Haman. But, as you can see, he refused to, which made Haman furious to the point He wanted to kill all the Jews within his control.
So, Haman went to the king. “Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of all other people, and they do not observe the king’s laws, so it is not in the king’s interest to let them remain. If it is pleasing to the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who carry on the king’s business, to put into the king’s treasuries. Then the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. The king said to Haman, “The silver is yours, and the people also, to do with them as you please.” Esther 3:8-11. Haman set a date and sent this edict out to all the provinces alerting them to be ready. Mordecai then sent a letter to Esther asking her to go before the king and plead with him for the Jews to be protected. Esther sends a reply to Mordecai denoting a dangerous rule regarding approaching the king. “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that for any man or woman who comes to the king to the inner court who is not summoned, he has but one law, that he be put to death, unless the king holds out to him the golden scepter so that he may live. And I have not been summoned to come to the king for these thirty days.” Esther 4:11. Mordecai responds, telling her why she, a Jew, would be saved on that day. He ends with, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
Many of us find ourselves in positions, like Esther, which we never imagined would happen, and then a difficult trial occurs, and we do not wish to continue. We have no idea why God put us there and may even question if it was Him. However, does anything happen without God allowing it? He guides us in the way He desires of us. “Nevertheless, I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory.” Psalm 73:23-24. He may lead us into difficult circumstances, however, remember that in the end He will brings us into glory with Himself.
Back to the story of Esther, she did end up going to the inner court of the king’s palace and was granted entrance to see the king. She eventually tells him that Haman has plotted to kill her and the Jews. When the king hears this, he calls for Haman to be hung on the gallows at Haman’s home where he would have killed Mordecai. God ordained both Esther and Mordecai to be lifted to their positions so that the Jews in Persia would be saved.
God will put us where He wants us for His will to be done. Paul put it this way. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. In the tough times, or during periods of peace, He has a good purpose for us to accomplish. And who’s to say we are not in that position for that purpose to be fulfilled.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.