“Then Esther sent for Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs who had been appointed as her attendant. She ordered him to go to Mordecai and find out what was troubling him and why he was in mourning. So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the square in front of the palace gate. Mordecai told him the whole story, including the exact amount of money Haman had promised to pay into the royal treasury for the destruction of the Jews. Mordecai gave Hathach a copy of the decree issued in Susa that called for the death of all Jews. He asked Hathach to show it to Esther and explain the situation to her. He also asked Hathach to direct her to go to the king to beg for mercy and plead for her people. So Hathach returned to Esther with Mordecai’s message.


Then Esther told Hathach to go back and relay this message to Mordecai: ‘All the king’s officials and even the people in the provinces know that anyone who appears before the king in his inner court without being invited is doomed to die unless the king holds out his gold scepter. And the king has not called for me to come to him for thirty days.’ So Hathach gave Esther’s message to Mordecai.


Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: ‘Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this’?” Esther 4:5-14 (NLT)


Esther received news from her relative, Mordecai, about the decree against her people that would result in the death of the Jews. Mordecai requested that Esther, as queen, go before the king to ask for a reversal of the situation. During that time, people could only go before the king if they were summoned, even the queen. For her to make the request and come before the king, it would put her life in jeopardy. The king would have to first extend the invitation for Esther to come into his court before she could even make a request. Mordecai didn’t see Esther’s situation in the same light. Esther saw the limitation of her situation, and Mordecai saw the opportunity. Esther had been placed in that position for a purpose, and Mordecai recognized that she was created for such a time as this.


God strategically places us in families, organizations, communities, and countries where we can outwork His calling in our lives. You have been strategically positioned to help someone in need, defend the cause of the defenseless, or bring peace to a situation. It may look as if you have been placed in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, perhaps this is the moment for which you were created. In the midst of difficult or inconvenient circumstances, do not circumvent God’s work by stepping outside of the situation prematurely. God is not just in the business of positioning people in authority. He is in the business of orchestrating your life for your benefit and the blessing of those around you. If God has placed you in a position to evoke change, be an encourager, or bless someone, don’t let a lack of faith force you to forfeit the moment. Pray and take a step. It might be the very step that saves someone else.

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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