so i’ve been reading in Esther…
typically when i think of Esther, i think of the famous phrase “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (4:14b), (which of course also conjurs up *delightful* memories of that wayne watson song… but let’s not go there…)
but have you ever read what Mordecai says before that? Esther 4:14a: “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place…”
i was struck by Mordecai’s faith. while he saw Esther as definitely having the ability and opportunity to make a difference and act on behalf of her entire nation, ultimately, his hope was not in her actions. Mordecai’s faith for deliverance was firmly rooted in God. he knew that God can and does graciously use people – even sinful, compromising, fearful people – to accomplish his plan, yet Mordecai was not banking on Esther’s actions for deliverance.
this provoked me greatly. so often i am tempted to look at circumstances and base my faith for change, deliverance, productivity, etc. in what i see and in what i think someone can do, whether it be myself or those around me.
but this passage reminded me that while God does work through people and events – my hope and faith for anything must first be grounded in Him – His plan, His love, His sovereignty, His promises, His word. and then i will be able to see people and circumstances as His instruments, working out His plan. because it’s really all about Him anyway.