December 7th, 2017 — DEVOTE

I remember as a kid growing up, my mom asking me to do something. Maybe she asked me to go downstairs and get some potatoes from the fruit cellar. Or maybe she wanted me to go clean my room. Whatever the task was, I remember a couple of times, telling her I didn’t want to. Then instead of asking me, she told me. I do remember asking, “Why?” Her response was priceless… “Because I told you to.” Can I tell you – I’m pretty sure that kind of conversation only happened once to twice, it was not to be repeated – if you know what I mean!

I thought of those moments this morning as I read from the book of Esther. She was a beautiful Jewish girl who was once one girl out of thousands, who won a beauty contest and became the queen of a powerful nation.

Within the reign of the king, there was a evil man named Haman who didn’t like the Jews because one of them, Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, who wouldn’t bow down to him. So he wanted to put all the Jews to death. He even got the king to agree to it.

When Mordecai found out about the genocidal plans, he got a message to Queen Esther telling her what was going down and that she needed to talk to the king and put a stop to everything. But there was a snag. There was a rule in the land that no one could just pop in to see the king anytime they wanted, not even the queen. They had to be invited. If you showed up unexpectedly, you were only allowed to go forward if the king held out his royal scepter.

Knowing this law, caused some hesitancy in Esther. But Mordecai told her…
“If you don’t speak up now, we will somehow get help, but you and your family will be killed. It could be that you were made queen for a time like this!” Esther 4:14 CEV

Kind of like my mom answering my “Why? question with “Because I told you to!’

Esther could have said, “Are you kidding me? Life is good here. You want me to put my position on the line? I don’t think so. I’ll just play it safe!” But it doesn’t take Esther very long to get on broad. She got the message. Her reply…
“Then I will go in to see the king, even if it means I must die.” Esther 4:16 CEV

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I’m pretty sure your life in not in jeopardy like Esther’s, but what might God be calling you to, that you might be a bit hesitant or even reluctant to do? You may be the only Christian in your family or the only believer in your neighborhood. You may be the only follower of Jesus in your workplace or in your classroom. Like Esther, will you stand up for such a time as this? Will you use your influence where you can, when you can?

You put me here for a reason. Help me to be in agreement with You and do what You need me to do. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen