Darkness scatters before the light

Thoughts 24th Oct

Esther Ch 4 verse 14    For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?

The book of Esther is a gem of a book, it is only ten chapters long and it is nestled between the books of Nehemiah and Job, in the Old Testament. It is a self-contained story in itself of God’s salvation plan for the children of Israel, at a time when whilst in captivity a plot was hatched to destroy them. It is a story of immense bravery from a young woman, who under her uncle’s guidance chose to lay her very life on the line and trust in the providence of God.

In this verse, her uncle tells her that she can stay silent, but that God’s salvation will come, albeit via a different source. But then he says these telling words, ‘And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this’? In other words, maybe God has placed you here for this specific moment in time to save your own people, this is why you are where you are, it is not by chance.

Mordecai, her uncle hits the nail on the head, she was not in her prominent position by chance, no, God had placed her there to protect his people at this moment in history.

You are not where you are by chance, when we give our lives over to God, he uses situations and circumstances to place us where he wants us so that we can be his person at that specific moment in time to speak his words and to be his representative, so that light might shine in the darkness.

Dear Lord Jesus, help us to be aware of the situations around us so that we can be your ears, eyes, hands and feet, and bring your light into dark places.

Amen

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