For Such a Time as This

Kevin Ibanez

"For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the 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 

Have you ever noticed that at all amusement parks, just about when you are about to get on a ride or roller coaster, that there is an exit?  My kids and I call it the “chicken exit” because that is the exit for those who nerves are not up for that particular ride bailout of just before they are about to get on the ride.   When my kids were younger, I remember having to exit through the “chicken exit” with my kids a couple of times. However, now that they are roller coaster aficionados, there is no chicken exit for them.  Why is this?  They have overcome and faced their fears and now have the courage to ride any roller coaster that they encounter.

In the book of Esther, we read how an evil plot to destroy the Jews was uncovered.  Up until this time, Queen Esther had kept her Jewish heritage a secret from her husband King Xerxes.  Her cousin Mordecai encourages Esther to go into the king's presence and beg for mercy on behalf of her people, the Jews.

Believing that God had prepared her for this very moment in history—"for such a time as this"—as a vessel of deliverance for her people, Esther urged all of the Jews in the city to fast and pray for her.  She was about to risk her life to request an audience with the king.

Although the Jews had been sentenced to death by King Xerxes' original decree, through Queen Esther's courageous intervention and willingness to face death, the people's lives were spared.

What about you?  Do you have the courage of Queen Esther?  If faced with the same decision of destiny, would you risk your life "for such at time as this?", or, would you take the “chicken exit” and save yourself instead taking a risk for God?

This is not only a challenging thought, but also a convicting one for me because there are moments when I think, “Of course I would stand up for God, for injustice, and to combat evil.”  However, then I realize that these types of moments in our lives do not come too often.  I will be honest with you; there have been a few times in my life when I courageously did take a stand for Christ in the face of hostile opposition.  In addition, there have been a few times when I chickened out; I bailed out on opportunities to stand up for Jesus.

My encouragement to you is to take steps of faith, and trust in God!  He will never let you down.  You and I will encounter these special moments in our lives to take a stand for Him.  When we do, the more times in the past that we have taken a stand for God, then the chances are better that we will take a stand for Him in the future.  Putting our trust and faith in a known God is better than taking the “chicken exit” and trusting in our own selves and our own plans.

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