For a time like this

Read: Esther 4

I recently noticed a movie out in the theaters by the name of “Mortdecai” and wondered if it was the story of Esther’s cousin from the Bible.  It did not take me long to figure out that this movie had nothing to do with the Biblical Mordecai and wasn’t even spelled the same way.  But it did get me to thinking about that story in the Bible.

The book of Esther is known for God’s calling upon our lives and God’s ability to put us in the right situation at the right time for his specific purpose in our lives.  That is true for the life of Esther for sure.  The well known verse from this book comes from Esther 4:14 when Mordecai says to Esther, “you have come to this position for such a time as this?”

Esther was able to influence the King for the good of the Jewish people and basically saved a nation by being in her position as queen when she was.  But her cousin Mordecai had a very big part in this as well.  You see, Mordecai adopted Esther at a very young age when her parents died.  Most likely his parents had died as well and he took it upon himself to raise Esther.  God placed him in the right place at the right time.

But there is another key element in this story.  Not only were Mordecai and Esther in the right place but they were willing to serve God in that place.  Throughout this story we see Mordecai turning very difficult challenges into wonderful opportunities for God’s purposes to be fulfilled.  Thankfully for the Jewish people he raised Esther in this way as well.

If you are facing a difficult situation or unwanted circumstances in your life right now I would encourage you to read this book in the Old Testament.  It is only 10 chapters long and it is another one of those wonderful reminders of how scripture can be applied to our everyday lives today.

You may not be a king or queen, but you have been placed where you are for a specific purpose and we all need to pray that God will show us His will and His purpose for the places and the people that we are able to influence.  Some of the lessons from Mordecai’s life that my Bible shares are….

– The opportunities we have are more important than the ones we wish we had.
– W can trust God to weave together the events of life for our best, even though we may not be able to see the overall pattern.
– The rewards for doing right are sometimes delayed, but they are guaranteed by God himself.

Make it personal:  Perhaps the story of Esther and Mordecai can get us all to ask the question, “How might God be wanting to use my current situation or circumstances to bring about change, hope, or restoration in my life or the life of others?”

Have a great week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church