The Example of Esther
This past Sunday Daniel Montgomery preached on the book of Esther at Sojourn Community Church – St. Matthews. The theme verse in the book is:
And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
— Esther 4:14
It is all about God’s timing. Esther had been raised with the awareness of being one of God’s chosen people. As the pressures of the kingdom pressed against her, she kept her identity hidden from those in power. Finally she could hide no longer. God would do his work with or without her. Esther had been placed in her position in the kingdom of Xerxes to be of value to the kingdom of God.
Daniel Montgomery indicated that God is big enough to take our station in life – even if attained by sin — and use it for his purposes. This is great news for people like me. I am not in the station of life that I had intended to be. This is not the direction in which my training and education were pointed.
Montgomery summarized with this,
Esther teaches us that our past failures in no way write us out of playing a beautiful part in God’s future plans.
Although God is never mentioned in the book of Esther, we are pointed to Christ who rescues his people. Like Esther, Jesus arrived at just the right moment in history.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son.
— Galatians 4:4
Fleshing Out the Lessons
Some aspects of my life are settled. I know that God is my God. I know that Suzie is my wife until death parts us. I know that my children and grandchildren will always be embedded deep in my heart.
Yet others aspects of my life are still questions in my mind. How best do I live out Christ in my life? In what career arena? In what geographic location? In what role in the church?
I do not know the answers to those questions. Perhaps you wrestle with the same concerns. I would love to hear from you about what you are discovering on your journey. Feel free to leave your questions and/or discoveries in the comment section. We will wrestle together.
This I do know as Daniel reminded me on Sunday — God is calling us from cowardice to courage. Like Esther we are to stand strong and live as one pointing others to Christ. Join me.