Who Are You Going to Choose?
Verse 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Yesterday we talked about how God has commanded that we choose Him and Him alone. Today we see a way these types of choices can come into our lives.
Esther was in an important position for a Jewish young lady. The fact was that she was in the palace but wasn't letting it be known that she was a Jew. She had been chosen because of her beauty. She was a beauty queen now being put in a place of having to choose if she will stay silent and remain in her luxurious state of life or expose herself for who she really was to help save the people of God.
This message from Mordecai put Esther in a very uncomfortable place. She didn’t want to cause waves in her situation. She knew what happened to the queen before her. Queen Vashti simply didn’t want to be made the object of lust for drunken men, including her husband, and for this she was killed. Esther knew that one misstep or careless word could seal her fate as well.
The message from Mordecai was Esther’s call to make a choice. One of the other things that made this concerning is that it has been a month since she had even been called to see the king. Esther doesn’t think she can do it but Mordecai is asking her to do it anyway. Mordecai knew the urgency of the issue and wouldn’t let it rest. He sends back a message of gentle rebuke. It may have stung to hear his words but she knew she had a choice to make. Was she going to speak up for her people at possible personal cost or was she going to remain quiet and hope things blew over?
This choice may seem like it should be an easy one but we are only fooling ourselves if we think this. Like Esther, we have times where we have to weigh the decision of living for self or living for God. Daily we are presented with options, some of which will benefit the Kingdom and some will put ourselves on the throne of our heart. Maybe we should ask ourselves before each and every choice if we are making it for self or for the Kingdom of God.
Making It Personal
When was the last time this kind of choice showed up in your life? Did you choose for the Kingdom? Why is it hard to choose for the kingdom instead of doing what would make us feel happy?
Making It Personal Kids
Is it hard to make a decision if you know that the end result could make you the laughing stock of everyone? Have you ever had to choose between God’s way and your way? Which way did you decide?
Father, we are sorry for the times we have failed to choose You when the decisions have come our way. Draw us nearer to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.