Tuesday, March 25, 2014


I think that Esther is one of those books of the Bible that everybody knows, even if they have never actually read the Old Testament past Noah and the flood.

Esther is a young Jewish girl who marries the King of Persia... talk about a step up from slavery.  When a plot to kill all the Jews in the country is hatched by a political official, Esther risks her life by going uninvited to the King, and gets his protection for her people.

Interestingly enough, the book contains no reference to (1) God or (2) prayer.  It is told as a history, and the story of one brave girl.  However it contains a lot of spiritual insight, most famously when Esther's cousin says to her "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

A woman of God,
Born for a time such as this.
Favoured by her King.

Esther showed courage, and faith in God.  She fasted before approaching the King, and took seriously the idea that she might have been put into the position she was in in order to rescue all her people.
God calls us all to where he wants us, and he uses us wherever we are.  We can either let him use us, or fight it.

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