Partnering Up

I love having a support when I need it. There’s simply times that occur in our lives where we need someone to come along side of us to offer assistance and help. Sure there are plenty of things that I can accomplish on my own, but there’s also plenty of things that I need help doing. Sometimes I don’t even need help and am able to do something on my own, but there’s nothing like the feeling of someone else coming along and lending a hand. The job goes much smoother, faster, and is much more enjoyable with pleasant company. The right person at the right time makes all the difference in the world. And, of course, when times are tough, there’s no greater feeling than when someone else is there for you, helping, encouraging, and championing you on. I don’t think that we were ever designed to do life on our own, we need relationships with others.  

For me the most pivotable, and inspirational, statement in the book of Esther is “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?” (Esther 4:14, ESV) I find the “such a time as this” part of the statement has always spoke to me, it’s always so inspirational to read and hear. But after studying the Book of Esther this time, I zeroed in on the first part of the statement: “If you keep silent…relief and deliverance will rise…from another place.” So God appointed Mordecai and Esther, to accomplish saving the Jews that were in the Persian empire, that Haman wanted to annihilate. God had already had an action plan instituted, He was orchestrating circumstances to aid in this situation some five years earlier when Mordecai exposed the plot to kill the King. It was now up to Esther to do her part, to summon the courage to face what could have been certain death for herself, so that through her actions those Jews would be saved. But if Esther was not willing to step up to the plate to pinch hit for the Jewish population, God would save his people, with whom He established an everlasting covenant, through someone or something else. While multitudes of people would have died during this evil plot, including Esther and Mordecai, we are assured that somehow God would save a remnant of His people. So whether Esther was on board or not, the entire Jewish people would never be exterminated. What we see here is a perfect example of the cord of three strands that Solomon talked about in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10. We see the power and majesty of God as the first strand, and the wisdom, strength and courage of Mordecai and Esther as the other two strands of an unbreakable cord. That’s an unbeatable partnership for sure. 

I am going to be honest here, had I been faced with Esther’s circumstances, I simply don’t know how I would have reacted. I don’t know if I would have the courage to face a King who could easily call for my execution simply because I showed up unannounced and uninvited. Perhaps I would have garnered the courage to do as Esther did, perhaps I would have enough godly wisdom to fast and pray for three days to seek out God’s direction. Or, perhaps I would not have the courage to do so, and hope against all hope, that because the King loved me and I was such a stellar Queen (see how well that worked for Queen Vashti in Chaper one?), that even though I was Jewish, the King could never have me put to death. Ah, but then there was that irrevocable edict that says all Jews would be put to death. It certainly was a difficult situation to say the least. Could I have done what Esther did? I would like to think so, but doubt enters my mind. 

I do know that the will of God will always be accomplished. One way or another God will see that His plan will be carried out. It’s up to us to determine whether we will partner with God on whatever it is that He has for us. Because if we don’t answer His call to do His will, He will appoint others to do what we should have done. And, we would have missed out on an opportunity to further establish God’s Kingdom, and to glorify God. Indeed, beloved daughter of God, be assured that you were put here “for such a time as this.” But, it’s still up to you whether you will rise to the occasion. 

“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?” (Esther 4:14, ESV)

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, ESV)

“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him-a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12, ESV)

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