“Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, ‘Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 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 4:13-14).
Esther is the only book of Hebrew Scripture that does not mention God’s name. Historically, that has offended some faithful Jews. But I treasure this book because of its beautiful prophecy of Messiah. Part of the exiled Jewish community in Persia in around 460 B.C., Esther was a wife of the Persian king and caught in the middle of a plot to destroy her people. Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, implored her to use her position to expose the genocidal plot to the king so he could protect them. Esther hesitated, fearing for her life. Mordecai remembered God’s promise of a Deliverer and told her: “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.”
Mordecai had faith in God’s promise to send a Messiah. No matter what Esther did, God would save His people. Mordecai also knew that God calls us to act now and puts us in just the right place to deliver His message.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for using me to accomplish Your will. Thank You for accomplishing Your will no matter what I do. Amen.
As We Wait: Christmas is a perfect time to share God’s gift of salvation. How does He want to use you in His plan?