For Such a Time as This

God is always on time and prepared.

The current crisis, COVID-19, called to mind a great crisis for people of a past day, in the days of Ahasuerus during the Medes and Persian Empire.  There was no apparent crisis to the king or many others, but to the Jews living in his day the crisis was unthinkable. It came suddenly, seemingly from nowhere, and would have had catastrophic effects.  By one decree “of the king” all the Jews in the realm were suddenly condemned to die on an appointed day. Humanly speaking, and by the law of the king’s ring-sealed decree, this crisis was irreversible and inevitable (ch 8:8). But this is humanly speaking and from the Jew’s perspective at that time.  What the Jews, wicked Haman, King Ahasuerus, and even Mordecai would find out is that there was an Unmentioned Character in this historical account, Who is always in true sovereign control, seeing to the welfare of His people.

In fact, when the crisis suddenly hit in chapter 3, God already has His people right where He needs them in chapter 2. The city was perplexed, but God is in perfect control. Esther is in the Palace, Mordecai is in the court, and His people are spread out through the kingdom.  Each has a role, yet all were called to pray.  Beyond the prayers, we think of Esther’s role as essential and prominent. No less significant are Mordecai’s prayers, burden, counsels, and plans, that stretched out over many days before and after the death of the enemy of the Jews.  And for the people of God, theirs were the experiences of extremes: from fighting for their lives to feasting with joy. Ultimately, they all would be called upon to pray and to be faithful to God in each of their spheres and localities.  The crisis appeared suddenly, bringing the people of God to their knees. But instead of a catastrophe, it became a cause for specific and lasting praise and joy. What will be the outcome of this crisis?  What is the purpose of this threat to our very lives? We don’t know, but we know God certainly does. We can rest and in fact find praise in this. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Ps 118:24)

So, with this crisis upon us, which has caught many of us unaware and unprepared, it has certainly NOT caught God unprepared. In fact, not only has God allowed this but will use this as He did the crisis in Esther’s day. God has His people in place right now for various roles to fill, and also just to be faithful and ready to do whatever He seeks to do through this crisis and in us. In the meantime, we can appreciate and pray for those bearing the burdens of responsibilities for our assemblies, families, and government at every level, and at such a time as this. 

And who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Esther 4:14