Road Trip Sermon Series Week #9 Devotional
July 23, 2018
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TEXT: Ester 4:12 – 14
12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 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. 14 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?”
As we have been journeying on road trips with Biblical characters – one of my favorites is none other than Queen Esther. The narrative has all the ingredients of a fairy tale. A beautiful maiden comes out of anonymity to win the heart of a king and become his bride. The king falls under the spell of an evil scoundrel but is freed by the courageousness of his captivating queen and he heeds her wise counsel. We know how Esther’s story turns out and realize it is no fairy tale it’s closer to nightmare. This young woman was passive, a people pleaser trying to keep everyone happy and then her worlds collide, and she must find her voice to save her race she has kept a secret. Through the power of prayer and intercession God used one young woman to save an entire race!
Because of our over stimulated mass-media driven world we underestimate our power as individuals. We wonder what we alone can contribute to the overwhelming needs of our world. As Esther illustrates one person can make a huge difference. I like the way Edward Everett Hale addresses this point. He writes: ” I am only one…but I am still one…I cannot do everything…but still I can do something…and because I cannot do everything…I will not refuse to do the something I can do!”
You are part of God’s plan, you are part of God’s mission.
What is your part in God’s mission?
Think of where you work, where you live, where you shop. It is no accident that you are where you are so let’s ask ourselves the same question Mordecai asked Esther, “Who knows but that YOU, one individual, have come to this position for such a time as this!”
Does one person make a difference? Let me ask this, did Christ? God so loved the world — he did something about it so we can be saved and have eternal life. We don’t believe in a theory, we believe in the person of Christ who died, rose again, ascended into heaven that we might have the power of the Holy Spirit so that we might live and make a difference. The question is not simply, what do I think of Christ but what have I done with what I think? Esther is a model. Courage to match convictions that was then and is now. Are we willing to be Esther’s for such a time as this?
Lord, we are so encouraged by the amazing story of Esther. Thank you for being faithful in working all things together by Your power and for our good and Your eternal glory. Give us the courage of Esther to be bold in making a difference right where you have planted us.
Help us to play our part in building Your kingdom in our community. I the name of Jesus Amen.