Tuesday, June 12, 2007

For Such a Time Is This!

EvangelismThe story of Esther is remarkable. It is one of two Old Testament books that do not contain the name of God (can you guess the other?), but it is certainly a story with God at its center. The book provides a wonderful case study in the providence of God.

I find the words of Mordecai to Esther profound. He has been communicating with his niece through intermediaries, urging her to intervene with the king on behalf of her people. In chapter 4, he pleads, “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” (NASB).

These words spoken by Mordecai so long ago are timeless: they direct us today, if we will let them. Each of us has the possibility to affect our world, or at least our tiny corner of it. Through our faithful living and the sharing of the Gospel we can make a difference in a world troubled by the forces of evil. Our lives are not incidental. We have not been placed here to fill space. We are children of the King blessed with abilities and opportunities to make a difference.

“For such a time as this,” Mordecai counseled. Consider how blessed we are to live in this day and time. Yes, there are many troubling matters present in the world today, but think about the possibilities with which modern technologies and circumstances provide to us.

One such resource is the Internet. The Internet is accessed by over a billion people every day! A single page on the World Wide Web can be viewed the world over with little cost or labor. A blog devoted to Bible study and inspirational messages can reach an unlimited audience. What a tremendous resource for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

““For such a time is this!” Let us seize the opportunities God sends our way.