Make Your Mark: Week 2 - Day 5

Opening Prayer:

Lord, please open my heart to receive the word you would have me hear today.

 

Read: Esther 4:12-16 (NIV)

When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

 

Reflect:

In our day and age it is difficult for us to identify with the position Esther finds herself in. Imagine being one of many wives to a powerful king. Imagine being a child of a captive people whose very existence is being threatened with annihilation. Also imagine how you would respond knowing that the only possible way to save your people is to put your own neck on the line by approaching your husband/king without being summoned (a crime punishable by death in their culture). I have always had the impression that Esther was just a young woman at the time of this story. She made the bold decision to take a step of faith and to act on behalf of her people and give them a voice in the king’s court.

 

Apply:

Are there opportunities around us where we can stand up and be the voice for someone? We may not know anyone whose culture is under siege, but maybe we know someone whose future is completely in the hands of another who has no idea the impact their decisions may have on others. Let us be willing to open our eyes for opportunities to defend, for situations where our voice or influence can make a difference in someone’s life.

 

Closing Prayer:

Father, your heart aches when you see injustice. You are fully righteous and just. Help me to share your heart for those who need a voice, and give me the strength to stand in the gap on their behalf.

Terry Schneider