For Such A Time As This

For Such A Time As This

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Have you ever wondered where God was? Life has so many disappointments and trials that sometimes it feels like He is nowhere to be found. Nothing is more disheartening than feeling like you are doing everything you can for the Lord, and all you get is heartache and adversity in return. When we feel like this, it is easy to think He does not care about what we are going through, or worse, some even question if there is a God in the first place. The silence of God is sometimes the loudest sound a Christian hears.

Genuine testing of our faith does not happen when we feel super connected and close to God. The truest test is whether our faith remains constant even in God’s silence. If you struggle with the silence of God, I have good news. You are not alone. Every child of God struggles with this at some point in their walk. All the faithful men and women of God who came before you struggled with it too. Jesus, Himself felt your struggle when He cried, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46.

In the Book of Esther, we see one of the most unique Scriptures in God’s Word. Esther contains an incredibly powerful message, but what we don’t read in Esther may be just as important. Not once in the Book of Esther do we hear from God, see His Name, or have Him referenced in any way. Mordecai, Esther, and the people of God are forced to live out their faith in a time of God’s silence. Herein lies the greatest message of Esther. Even when God seems to be silent and absent, He is working providentially in ways we cannot see, hear, or understand.

At the time of Esther, God’s people find themselves in Persian captivity. The remnant of faithful children of Israel who have not succumbed to paganism is few. Yet, in a time when faith wilts, Esther and Mordecai remain strong. It is no exaggeration to say that God’s eternal plan from the foundation of the world is at stake in the book of Esther. If Haman gets his way, God’s people are on the brink of total annihilation and extinction. The Messianic bloodline from Adam to Abraham to Judah to David that will one day lead to the Savior, Jesus Christ, is on the line. Yet, instead of intervening and taking over, God puts His divine plan into the hands of Mordecai and Esther.

When Mordecai goes to Esther to plead with her to take a stand for her people, he says, “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?” Esther 4:14. Even though Esther was the only known viable option to save God’s people, and even though God was silent… Mordecai’s faith told him that God would someway and somehow save His people. He knew God had intentionally placed Esther in the right place and at the right time to save the children of Israel.

Even though God was silent, He was active. Even though God was nowhere to be seen, His power could be. Even though God seemed to be gone, He was there the whole time. The same is true in your life. You may not be able to hear Him speak into your ears, but you can hear Him speak to you through His Word (2 Timothy 3:16). You may not be able to see Him with your eyes, but you can see His glory everywhere you look (Romans 1:20). You may not be able to feel Him beside you, but He has promised never to leave or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).

When you feel God is silent and absent from your life, it may just be that He believes in you to remain strong—as He did with Mordecai and Esther. Have you ever thought about why God brought you to the time and place He did? When was the last time you thought about YOUR “…for such a time as this?” Is there someone who needs you desperately in their lives, and God depends on you to impact them? Has He brought you to this point to help fulfill His divine plan in a way only you can? Have you discovered the purpose God has for you in this life?

Our world is lost. Our adversary has taken the hearts and souls of many into eternal captivity. You and I have been added to the Kingdom—His Church—for such a time as this! Esther faced the enemy, willing to lose her life for God’s will. “…and so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” Esther 4:16. What are you willing to do for the Kingdom of God? Remember, the battle belongs to the Lord!

-Ben Hogan, Minister of Evangelism

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