Devotions for March 14, 2017

ESTHER 4:10-14

10 Then Esther told Hathach to go back and relay this message to Mordecai: 11 “All the king’s officials and even the people in the provinces know that anyone who appears before the king in his inner court without being invited is doomed to die unless the king holds out his gold scepter. And the king has not called for me to come to him for thirty days.” 12 So Hathach[a] gave Esther’s message to Mordecai.

13 Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

In this moment, Esther has a clear decision. Her people have already been conquered and now their lives are in grave danger. Esther is in a position of prominence and she must decide whether to use her position to keep herself safe, or to risk her safety to try and guarantee the safety of her people.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What was Esther’s clear decision?

Q: It’s easy to look at Esther’s life and simply say, “I’m not queen” or “I don’t have much influence.” However, we all carry a degree of influence and power, whether it’s at home, at school, or at work. How can you use your influence to bring justice and peace to those around you?

Q: How would your home, job, or school look different if you took opportunity to use your influence for the Kingdom of God?

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