Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Read Esther 4: 12 - 17
I believe that the book of Esther would make a great mini-series or long movie. There is intrigue, deception, tension and much more. In this passage Esther, the Queen, has been told by Mordecai, her uncle and father figure, that she needs to appear before the king to try and stop the killing of the Jewish people. If she appears before the king without being summoned she would be putting her life in danger. Mordecai tells her that if she remains silent God will still bring relief. He then tells her that she may have come to her position for just this time so she could save the Jewish people. God also calls us to speak up for the right thing and for justice. Sometimes this may put us in danger but when God calls us to do something he equips us for that time. However, following God will not always be easy.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
What was at stake for Esther if she went to the king and spoke up? When have you faced a somewhat similar situation, not death, but repercussions if you spoke up? Did you speak up; why or why not?
Mordecai believed that Esther was put in her position for “such a time as this.” What do you think he meant by that? Have you ever felt that you were put into a certain place at a certain time by God to do something? Did you do what you were supposed to do?
How did Esther prepare herself to go before the King? When should we fast and pray?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, I thank you for the faith of Esther and the example that it is for all of us. Lord, I ask that when the time comes for us to speak up against injustice or bullying or the wrong that you would equip me to do so. Lord, I pray that when my “for such a time as this,” moment comes that I will recognize it and react in faith and trust. Amen.