Esther 4:16 "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish."
Security is something we all long for. Security in our relationships, our jobs, possessions and reputations. Security in our positions in our homes, community and churches. Security in our health and our wealth and in all things we consider precious.
Most of us do not readily or willingly risk that security. In fact, most often, we go quite out of our way to avoid any type of risk at all - protecting that which we hold most dear. Rarely are we willing to put our careers, marriage, family, status or friendships on the line, particularly when it might cost us something - or everything.
Yet, what if in those positions, God is asking us to lay it all on the line? What if, in fact, He allowed us to be in a particular position because He had a major plan for us to carry out His work that otherwise we would not be able to? What if He planted us right where we are, in the most perfect place at the most perfect time with the most perfect connections, resources and tools, to do something far greater than we were able to see with our human eyes when we initially stepped into and accepted that position?
Such it was with Esther. God had been working mightily behind the scenes even before Esther became Queen. The events that took place that led up to Esther's choosing alone were monumental and God did not stop there. Once Esther was chosen by King Xerxes God continued to allow events to happen, all leading up to a significant moment when Esther had to make a choice to risk it all in her obedience to God and save her people or save herself in that moment and throw her people, eventually including herself, into the hands of the enemy. Mordecai said to Esther, "And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?"
The events that led up to Esther's risk seemed insignificant and unimportant. Yet, they were set in place purposely and intentionally by an Intervening God, because He had a greater plan for Esther's position as queen. Because Esther was more concerned for others than for her own security, she approached the king, undeniably risking her own life, and made a plan to ask the king to save her people, the Jews.
Serving God often demands that we risk our own security. God has a purpose for the situations and the positions in which He places us. A purpose that we likely were completely unaware of at the onset of that position. And, He is working behind the scenes, preparing you and others around you for something far greater - a plan that could impact one person or an entire race of people.
Will you say yes to that risk? Will you accept the invitation that your "royal position" was for such a time as this? Will you allow God to use you in your current positions and situations to impact those around you and the Kingdom of Heaven with all the glory being given to God? Will you allow your source of security to remain in the uncertainty of this world or rest alone in Christ the Coming King?
Father, in my position in my family, as a mother, employee, wife, friend, community member, church member, or homemaker, I say yes to the risk, to the greater plan, to the bigger purpose for which you have placed me in these situations for. I trust that the Mighty Hand of an Intervening God is working on my behalf and the behalf of others behind the scenes to prepare me for such a moment as this. I risk my own security and let you, God, be my ultimate security. Amen.