For Such A Time As This
I’m honored to be part of a weekly Bible study group for middle school girls. This post is written to them, but I wanted to share it for any girl (or woman) who needs to be reminded of her value and place in God’s Kingdom. 👑
Today, we talked about Esther in our Royalty Bible study series. As I described the story to you, I told you to imagine this as a Netflix series – as current day movie – to help picture what was happening thousands of years ago.
I’m sure you can imagine a castle, the women being coached during their spa days, preparing for who would eventually be queen. There are villagers, servants, advisors to the king, and a young woman named Esther who had a secret. She was a Jew, but had been advised to keep quiet about her background.
As with most movies, there is normally a villain, someone who shakes up the plot. This person was Haman, an advisor to the king. He hated the Jews, God’s people, and the Lord knew he intended to not only cause trouble for them, but to try and have the Jews all killed.
As you read these chapters in the short book of Esther (and I do want you to read it this weekend) you will see how God was working a plan together to save His people. The people He was using, like Esther, didn’t even realize they were so important to God’s plan, which was saving many lives.
After Esther became queen and the Jews were in danger, Mordecai sent word to her and asked that she go before the king and plead for the life of her people. However, to do this, without being called by the king, could mean her death. I’m sure this young woman was afraid. She’s been pulled from the life she knew and now had a crown on her head and heavy responsibilities.
Think…Princess Diaries, but way more important. ☺️
So, Mordecai is very blunt and sends her this message:
“Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews.For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance 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?” Esther 4:12-14
What happens next? I can’t wait for you to read it!
Know this… You are also part of God’s plan. What if you are at your workplace or school, for such a time as this?ybe there is someone out there who is going to need encouragement, bravery, friendship, an invitation to church or someone who can tell her about Jesus.
We cannot be silent.
It’s the month of Valentine’s Day, and if 1 John 4:8 says that God IS LOVE, then make this holiday and this month about showing His love to others.
You can be an example of God’s love, and as a daughter of the King, you are royalty yourself….just like Esther.
Every day, for the next 14 days, make an effort to show love and kindness in a way that isn’t normal for you.
Maybe it’s helping your parents (without being asked), or doing chores for a sibling to surprise them (gasp!), or rolling up the trash cans for an elderly neighbor.
When people see your example, then they might wonder what motivates your kindness, and then you get to tell them about God’s love for you, and for them.
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