What situation around you makes you sick?
A dispute in your family, friction on your relationship, academic challenges, no job, sickness, unfulfilled longings, depression, apathy and immorality in the church, national crises?
You name it…
It makes you wet your pillow at night, and ask a thousand and one questions with no answer in sight.
Do you wonder what can be done?
What if I tell you the world awaits you to rise up and do something? What if I tell you you have access to the solutions you, your family and society needs today… “For such a time as this”?
If you’re wondering what I mean… Come with me.
Let’s learn from a young girl who was instrumental in setting her people FREE.
The Esther 4:14 Background Plot
A letter arrived some communities thousands of years ago. Guess its content: Death sentence for a whole tribe. Every one lay in sackcloth and ashes, weeping and wailing.
Meanwhile, they had a sister who got crowned as queen of the land. So, she lived in the palace.
You know who I’m talking about, right?
Yes, Esther. Esther heard her cousin Mordecia was weeping and wailing, so she send a message to him to find out why. He replied her, telling her the plot to wipe the whole Jews away, and asking her to go plead with the king on their behalf.
Then she did what many of us try to do today – excuses.
“If I go to meet the king when I’m not called, I’ll be killed.”
Think of the excuses you give when you know you should rise up and do something: if I tell her this truth, she won’t like me gain; they’ll mock me; I’m not talented enough to do it; what will people say or think about me.
But Mordecai sent her a letter that you and I need to deeply read and think about:
For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?Esther 4:14
Act… For Such A Time As This
Esther’s mind got charged… She washed off her sleepy eyes, jumped off her bed and got ready.
Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.Esther 4:16
And she took 2 significant actions:
1. She met the heavenly King
2. She met the earthly king
Before I dive into those actions, let’s talk about this first: Why did Esther HAVE TO act?
I mean… the Jews are God’s chosen people, and He’s promised long ago that the Messiah will come through that lineage. So why was Esther – and you and I – charged to act “for such a time as this?”
- God’s proclamation
- Man’s position
- Satan’s plot
God’s proclamation: Throughout scripture, we find God giving prerequisite for receiving from Him. Ask and ye shall receive… (Matthew 7:7)
God has made various promises for us His children, but He wants you to ask, seek and knock – if you truly desire to have it. “Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it unto them;…“(Ezekiel 36:37)
Therefore, Esther and the Jews needed to ask. And you and I need to ask.
2. Man’s position: After God created man, God said unto them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it, and have dominion…” (Genesis 1:28).
At creation, God crowned man with authority to decide what he wants on Earth. That is our position as Christians. And as one in a position of authority with Christ, God expects we exercise that privilege of coming boldly and laying our requests at the throne room. As someone rightly said, “God does nothing except in answer to prayer.”
Thou shall also decree a thing, and it shall be done unto thee. (Job 22:28)
You need God’s intervention… Ask Him.
3. Satan’s plot: This is one part so many Christians miss.
It took me time to really “get this”. And I want you to note this today, of you haven’t.
The devil is after you. Whether you like it or not… Whether you believe it or not.
The Bible tells us not to be ignorant of the devices of the devil.
And what is his device? John 10:10 says, the thief (the devil) cometh not but for to steal, to kill and to destroy.
And who is his target? You and I. The moment you say “I’m a child of God”, you make yourself devil’s enemy. He fights to drag you over to his camp.
It’s not enough to simply sing “I’m married to Jesus satan leave me alone…” He will not leave you just like that! You must rise up and resist him!(James 4:7)
If he wasn’t afraid to come and meet Jesus: You remember Matthew chapter 4: 1-11, Satan came with different plots to get Jesus down – to submit to him. “Get there hence (away with you), Satan.” That was when he departed… For a season. Because he kept instigating the Jews to attack him, and finally kill and bury Him.
But Jesus rose triumphantly! The devil missed that part – Jesus had to die to give us victory.
Even at Jesus birth, he instigated king Herod to go on a search for Jesus, intending to kill Him. (Matthew 2)
The devil is that desperate. He’ll do everything to frustrate a Christian and make her give up on God.
What Paul told the Ephesians church is what he tells us today: “Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord…” And we went up to vs 18 explaining why and how.
“Put on the whole aromour of God that ye may be able to STAND against the wiles (schemes) of the devil.” (Vs 11)
My dear sister, Be strong in the Lord… Put on the whole armour of God… For we wrestle not against flesh and blood…
So, Esther can’t fold her arms and expect God to do something.
You can’t fold your arms. I can’t fold your arms.
If not, we’ll be weeping and wailing for Haman – who the devil works through to oppress us.
Meeting The King of kings
Esther would have “flopped”, probably killed, if she didn’t do the first thing first. She declared a fast, I believe with prayers, for herself, those around her, and all the Jews.
Desperate situations require desperate actions!
Howbeit, this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17:21)
The war is not won until you get yourself into the war room – the place of prayer. Things will not turn around in your life, your family life, your workplace, your city, state, or country until you pray. Esther knew this well.
Meeting king Ahasuerus
Time to take the step of faith. Having surrederd to the will of God – if I perish, I perish – “on the third day (of the fast) she put on her royal apparel (well dressed) and stood in the inner court of the king’s house…” (Esther 5:1)
Imagine the dead silence in the room… as everyone watched, wondering what will happen. But favour had gone ahead of Esther. It went in the flames of fasting and prayers.
And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the Sceptre.” (Esther 5:2)
You know, when you surrender your life to God’s will, grace and favour will speak for you. Jesus said, “he that looseth his life for my sake shall find it…”
And so it was for Esther. Her life was preserved.
“The the king said unto her, What will thou, queen Esther? And what is the request? It shall be given the to half of the kingdom.” (Esther 5:3)
What an offer!
And that was the beginning of breakthrough… and FREEDOM for her people.
But you know, you can’t be qualified for the Esther role if you’re not in the palace in the first place.
Esther had access to the king because she was in the palace. And before she got crowned to be queen, she walked through a stage of preparation.
For my country Nigeria, today is Independence Day! Some people were instrumental in fighting for and getting freedom for my country – and yours too.
You girl can be an instrument to birth freedom – for your personal life, your family, your community, for women around you, and for posterity.