For Such A Time As This
Spiritual warfare can take on many forms. Sometimes we march around the city in order to see the walls fall down and sometimes it is a matter of being in the right place at the right time with an ear that is close to the heart of God. Such was the case with Esther. She literally found herself in the right place at the right time to make an enormous difference in the lives of her people in a foreign land. Had it not been for her uncle’s willingness to sit at the gate of the King to make sure that he was fully aware of all that was going on in the kingdom and Esther’s willingness and courage to stand up for those who had no voice, the Jewish people may have been annihilated.
The book of Esther indicates that she could have chosen to do nothing to help her people, but her uncle warns her that just because she is the queen does not mean that she will escape the fate of the Jewish people that is coming. But, instead, he presents her with the idea that she may have been placed in this position precisely because she was meant to do something about the situation that was coming. I imagine this was a very difficult decision for Esther, one that took a great deal of courage. In short, her life was on the line here. For Esther to act on her uncle’s request meant that she had approach the king without being summoned by him. If he happened to be in a particularly bad mood the day she decided to go and speak with him, she may very well have been the first Jewish person executed in that kingdom. But Esther went to prayer – she fasted and prayed for three days before deciding on how to approach the king and God heard her prayer!
The story of Esther is a wonderful picture of how God answers prayer and shows us how the battle belongs to the Lord. The battle is not won through human strategies but in the place of prayer and fasting and by employing God’s strategies. In the fight against abortion, we have to be careful to always seek to obtain God’s strategy for each battle. We each need to ask ourselves what the Lord would have us do in this fight – what is our place in His army? Like Esther, we may find ourselves in unusual situations with regard to either speaking out on behalf of the unborn or protesting on behalf of the unborn, or even being willing to be arrested on behalf of the unborn. Whatever the Lord asks us to do, we need to have the faith that He has equipped us to accomplish the task. Let us always remember the words of the book of Esther that say “yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)