Our passage in Proverbs warns us about the slavery of debt and Paul, in our New Testament reading, hits us with the issue of sin and then shows us God’s cure.
Esther 3 & 4
Would you raise your hand?
If I Perish, I Perish
“But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.”
The devil has always been out to destroy that which God loves. It was no different in Esther’s day. But the good news is that the sovereign Lord was, is and always will be in control of the ultimate outcome.
Esther had found favor and become Queen, but even as Queen, her right to come into the King’s presence was limited. But now her people were in great danger and her Cousin Mordecai sent her a message to let her know she needed to petition the King on their behalf. Such a bold move could cost her life.
But Mordecai’s words to Esther encouraged her to trust in God’s sovereignty, “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” and she responded in faith, “And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (vs. 16).
I, actually, think Mordecai’s question was more of a challenge than a question. Look at the rest of verse 14:
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?”
What about you and me? This is the time and place that God has chosen for us to live and bring Him glory (Acts 17.26). This is the family. This is the spouse. This is the nation. This is the time.
How would you respond if standing up for God or His people could cost your life? Most of us won’t be faced with the risk of, literally, losing our lives, but we are, at times, faced with the risk of losing favor or reputation or some other temporal benefit. How would we respond?
Are we willing to take a stand? Are we willing to be used by our sovereign God for this time in the kingdom? Could we say with Esther, “I will go and if I perish, I perish”? Would you raise your hand? Would I?