For Such a Time as This
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Esther 4:14 (KJV)
14For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
A man who knows a particular remedy for a certain disease, of which others are ignorant, would be chargeable with the fatal consequences that may arise from the general ignorance if he locks up his knowledge within his own breast. If Providence furnish us with talents which are not granted to others, we must account for our use of them. If we have opportunities of doing much good which others have not, and make no use of them, we make ourselves guilty of a crime which can be charged upon none but ourselves. (G. Lawson.)
Mordecai did not lessen his importunity for the danger which Esther suggested to him in the previous verses. He let her know, that if her kindred fell, she must not hope to escape and that he fully believed God would stand by them. Moreover, that she would lose the honor of being their deliverer if she declined this service. Also that God would visit upon her and her father’s house such a cowardly refusal; and, while the rest escaped, they would be left to perish. He concludes with suggesting, that her advancement was ordered for this great purpose, and that she was therefore bound to correspond with the designs of God herein.
Mordecai believed in the indestructibility of the Jews. This was with him evidently a religious faith. This faith must have been founded on one or more of the promises of God. This purpose of the preservation of the Jews is but a branch and a sign of another and grander purpose–a purpose to gather and save the whole world. This type itself in the kingly history; gleams in the prophet’s vision; breathes in the holy psalm; speaks out in the Acts of the Apostles; runs through all the epistles, and sighs up to heaven in that last apocalyptic cry, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
If God has done remarkable things for us, we have reason to believe that He expects some services from us suited to the situation in which He has placed us, and to the means of service with which He has furnished us. We ought, therefore, when we consider what God hath done for us, to consider at the same time what He requires from us. If our circumstances are peculiar it is likely that some peculiar services are required. Our times are in the Lord’s hands. He fixes the bounds of our habitations and arranges our conditions according to His own will. His servants have a special earthly calling wherein they are called, the duties of which they are individually to fulfil. He has particular relative objects to secure in the exaltation of those whom He loves. And when any of His servants are raised to influence, or wealth, or power, it is that He may make them effective instruments of His power for blessing to others. There is, therefore, a special propriety of time at which His gifts of power and influence are bestowed upon particular men. If one is made rich, it is because there are many poor waiting to be enriched by Him, and he is to have the greater blessing of imparting, giving to his fellow-men. There is a particular reason, could we know it, for which we are “come to the kingdom for such a time.” We should study our duty in the circumstances of its time. If we have faith to trust God, he will never fail us. They who, through unbelieving fear, decline the path of duty, are justly given up to the danger which they thus sinfully seek to shun. It is good to observe the leadings of providence, and correspond with what appears to be the design of God in placing us in such a station or circumstance.
We were and are created for such a time as this, let us not waste or squander the opportunities that God has given us to make a difference and impact our society for Him.
Have a great and God filled day!