Saturday, October 5
And if I perish, I perish!
Scripture: Esther 3-8, Luke 18
Esther 4:14–16 “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?”
15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
Here are two of the most famous phrases from the book of Esther:
Mordecai to Esther: “Who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.” Mordecai appeals to Esther to intercede with the king, and argues that this might be God’s purpose for elevating her to queen.
Esther to Mordecai: “I will go to the king, even though it’s against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” Esther promises to intercede with the king, even though it may cost her life. Her commitment to God’s purposes involved huge risk.
For such a time as this. I believe that each of us has “for such a time as this” moments. God strategically places us where he needs us to accomplish His purposes. The key is to be attentive, be aware when those moments arrive, and be ready to act. What purpose may God want to fulfill in my current circumstances? Where is God at work so I can join Him?
If I perish, I perish. Fulfilling God’s purpose may involve risk and loss. Those whom God uses are willing to embrace the risk and face the loss. Without this kind of courageous commitment to God and His purposes, the cause is lost. What risk am I facing in pursuing God’s purposes right now? Am I embracing it, or flinching?
Prayer: Lord, help me to see the opportunities before me and give the courage to risk for Your purposes.