“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Our verse today comes from the Book of Esther. The book tells the story of God’s providential hand on the Jewish people living in the ancient Persian Kingdom. In brief, a Jewish girl named Esther becomes Queen to the Persian King Ahasuerus. Her uncle Mordecai learns of a plot to exterminate all of the Jewish people in the Persian Kingdom. He comes to her and tells her she must get an audience with the King and somehow save her people. She tells her uncle that if she goes in to see the King without being summoned, she will be killed. Our verse today is what her uncle then tells her, “Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” I would encourage you to read the book of Esther to see what choice Esther makes.
There are those of us who God has placed in key positions of influence, like Esther; leaders of businesses or a church or in city or state government. Maybe you are one of those leaders, or your circle of influence includes one of those leaders. God has you there for a purpose. Jesus said we are to be salt and light, wherever we are. Just like Esther, we can be a positive influence on those with which we interact daily.
Maybe you are not in a position of such influence as Esther, but all of us have a circle of influence. It might be to your family or friends. It might be at work or where you serve at Sun Valley. Each of us is in a place where we can have a positive influence on those around us. Most of us know people who need encouragement, support, or prayer. A kind word of encouragement or a listening ear can make a positive impact on others.
Thought of the day: What impact are you making in your sphere of influence? Do you rely on the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to help you have a positive influence on others and make right decisions?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me the opportunity to be used by You. Thank You that I can be a positive influence on the lives of others. Help me to know what to say and when to say it. Thank You. Amen.