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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Esther 4:14

"For Such A Time As This"

Message summary: May the Lord grant all of us "Esther moments" when "for such a time as this" we faithfully serve Him wherever we are placed by God's providence.

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"Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, 'Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, liberation and rescue will arise for the Jews from another place, and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?' Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 'Go, gather all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants also will fast in the same way. And then I will go in to the king, which is not in accordance with the law; and if I perish, I perish.' So Mordecai went away and did just as Esther had commanded him" (Esther 4:13-17).

Sight and Sound TheaterYesterday afternoon we attended the dramatic presentation on Esther at the Sight and Sound Theater here in Lancaster County. We were again blessed to be reminded of God's care for His people through the ages. The story has two main character Esther and Mordecai, who we wrote about yesterday.

Esther (her Hebrew name was Hadassah) is a young Hebrew woman who is described as "beautiful of form and face" (2:7). When her father and her mother died Mordecai took her as his own daughter and raised her.

She was chosen to be the queen and providentially found herself in a position to save her people.

Many years ago I heard a message about what the speaker called "Esther moments". These are the special times when God's purpose for our life is especially apparent albeit in unexpected ways. This concept is based on the daily text when Mordecai encouraged Esther to take a stand. The Jews faced annihilation (as they so often have throughout history) and Esther was in a position to act for their preservation by appealing to the king.

Mordecai was confident that, in one way or another, the deliverance of the Jews would come. "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place". Amazingly in the bigger picture God's grand purposes are always fulfilled with or without our cooperation. God has spoken, "I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please" (Isaiah 46:10).

However Mordecai challenged Esther to be the agent of God's deliverance as expressed in the daily text, "And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"

Scripture records that Esther did listen to Mordecai and heeded his challenge to present herself to the king, even if it meant death, "
if I perish, I perish".

Well, as most of you know, God did use her to facilitate a great deliverance!

Through the outstanding example of Esther, who took a consecrated stand, God has a message to all who truly follow Him; we are not to be people of fear when we find ourselves in a place where we would rather not be, but we are to obey Him and persevere, even if it means death.

Today all over the world God is working through His people, accomplishing His purpose. Some had a decision in regard to where they are, but others find themselves in a hard place they had no choice in. We especially consider those who are tortured, imprisoned, or separated from their families because of their stand for Christ.

At times like this may we especially sense His work through us in a specific way. What a great joy these experiences bring to our spiritual walk. May the Lord grant all of us these "Esther moments" when "for such a time as this" we faithfully serve Him wherever we are placed by God's providence. Often we may not immediately sense the significance of our obedience but obedience always brings blessing. Let us stay faithful!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, You appoint Esther moments to every devout believer who wants to wholeheartedly serve You and Your kingdom. There are times when You place me in an undesired, unfamiliar or even hostile place and ask me to be fully reliant upon You. There is great blessing when I follow Your leading, I grow more mature in my faith, and I am useful in Your kingdom. Help me not to fear the outcome, for that is in Your hands. Thank You for Your prompting and entrusting me to be a part of your grand purpose. What a privilege and responsibility. Amen.

Note: The show prompts a consideration of a third major character in the book, the chief antagonist, Haman the Agagite, which we will consider tomorrow.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Use Me"  Video  The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Sight and Sound Theater  "Our purpose is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ and sow the Word of God into the lives of our customers, guests and fellow workers by visualizing and dramatizing the scriptures, through inspirational productions, encouraging others and seeking always to be dedicated and wise stewards of our God-given talents and resources."

Esther  Information about the show we saw yesterday.

Sight and Sound family photo
The lion and the lamb in front of the Sight and Sound Theater has become the iconic spot for photos.

After watching the show we headed over to the Old Windmill Farm to join the Lapp family for a special dinner prepared for our Ester.

Brooksyne with lamb
Brooksyne, being raised a farm girl in Oklahoma, loves animals and enjoyed holding the latest addition to the Old Windmill Farm's animal variety, a baby lamb.

Chickens roosting
It looks like these chickens are having meeting time!

Baby pigs
These baby pigs look like they are covered in red dye but they're under a heat lamp.

Amish field work
A farmer's work is never done. After dinner Jesse had to hitch up the mule team and apply fertilizer to one of his fields. In the background is the Red Caboose Motel and Casey Jones Restaurant.

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