For such a time as this
One of my favorite Bible stories is the Book of Esther. My favorite verse from that book is Esther 4:14 “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” New King James Version
This particular section of the story is a conversation between Esther and her uncle. There was a decree given that ordered the death of all Jewish people (of which Esther and her family were). Her uncle goes to her and asks her to use her position, as queen, to put a stop to the decree. That is where our quote comes in.
Many people forget the beginning of this verse and concentrate simply on “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Let’s take a look at our time… We are in the midst of a global pandemic and in the past couple of weeks we have read about
- The murder of Ahmaud Arbery
- The unnecessary death of George Floyd
- The attempted terrorist attack on Corpus Christi Naval Base
Unfortunately, none of these things are new. The world has seen pandemic, racial violence, and terrorist attacks before.
My question is, when will it stop? Even, will it stop?
As a Christian, I can look at it two different ways.
1. The world will be destroyed at some point. It is foretold in the Bible. Jesus will come again, and we will have a new heaven and a new earth. Come, Lord Jesus come.
2. Only God knows the time that the world will end and until that time we must do everything we can to live in peace and harmony with our fellow man.
In context of our title, is it time? I don’t think things will change on their own. (This is not a call for violence!) There are many of us who are appalled by the senseless violence some humans use on other humans. Yet, we sit home, shake our heads, talk about it with friends and family, pray about it, and write blogs. I would propose there is an Esther out there among us. There is a Martin Luther King Jr., a Joan of Arc, a David, a champion, who is situated in a place, or position, that can bring about change. Again, this is not a call for violence, but for a change in the mindset of our country.
Everyone has a “this.” Are the events of the last month your “this?” Think about it. What is your “this” and what time is your “time?”
“For if you remain completely silent at this time […] Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”