Read Esther 4:12-14
12-14 Then Hathach told Mordecai what Esther had said, Mordecai sent her this message: “Don’t think that just because you live in the king’s house you’re the one Jew who will get out of this alive. If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.” (THE MESSAGE)
Those of us who believe in a personal God revealed in Jesus believe that he can arrange things in such a way as to ensure we are in the right place at the right time. Our text today is an excerpt from the book of Esther which recalls a time when the Persian king decided to wipe out the Jewish exiles in his kingdom.
One of the Jews, Mordecai, got news of this and approached his relative, Esther, who was married to the Persian king. He pleaded for her help which she was initially reluctant to give. Mordecai persists and reminds Esther that perhaps God had put her in just this place at just this time in order to secure deliverance for her fellow Jews.
It is always dangerous to assume God is micro-managing the universe, prearranging every detail. This makes him the author of evil as well as good. But we can safely say he is entirely capable of working out circumstances to fulfil his purposes. Esther’s rise to be a Jewish queen to a Persian king seems unlikely. But we see here that God may have put her in this place at this time for a particular reason.
A reminder to us that time and place and circumstance need not be accidental features in our lives. The hidden hand of God may be at work. If we find ourselves in an unexpected situation at an unexpected time, there may be a reason for it. We are not simply at the mercy of random or accidental happenings.