When Mordecai learned all that had been done, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes and went int to the midst of the city…Mordecai told all that had happened and the exact sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the King’s treasuries for the destruction of the Jews. Esther 4:1, 7
Haman, the enemy of the Jews, put a contract on the head’s of God’s people. His plan – to exterminate them all. And His primary target…Mordecai. Queen Esther’s uncle.
Mordecai pleads of the Queen, Do not think to yourself that in the King’s palace you will escape anymore than all the other Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14
Up to this point, I assume Esther was unclear why she, an unassuming, simple, virgin, Jewish girl, was chosen to as the Queen of Persia. But now, upon hearing the news if Haman’s plot, she knows. God’s providence has placed her perfectly as Queen. Giving her a voice and platform to save her people.
Mordecai has faith that God will ultimately save the Jews. But it is also very clear to him that Esther has a role to play. How will she respond?
Who knows, is she there for such a time as this?
What if we viewed life through Esther’s lens?
Simple and unassuming people, providentially placed right where we are.
But here’s the catch.
The people I encounter in my world, Haman does not have a contract on their head.
No, it is much worse.
The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. John 10:10
Kill (thyō): 1) to sacrifice, immolate. 2) to slay, kill. 3) slaughter
But there you are, Esther. Providentially placed in their day. In their office building. As their friend on Facebook. On the elliptical to their right. You see them in class. Parked in front of them at carpool….Who knows, for such a time as this? To tell them about Jesus? To share your faith?
We could be a part of the picture. As a part of their salvation story.