Read Esther 3-4
The Providence of God
Haman brought false charges against the Jews, and Ahasuerus accepted his testimony without investigation. The decree was signed for the Jews to be exterminated. The reaction of the Jewish people was understandable. “When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry” (Esther 4:1). How could they escape this evil edict?
Mordecai had faith that the Jews would be delivered, and he believed he knew through whom it would happen – his cousin Esther who had become queen. His reasoning was simple: for what other reason would God have elevated her to such status if not to save her people? He tells her as much: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14).
Esther, as queen, was in a position to do something about Haman’s evil plot. If she looked the other way and ignored the gravity of the situation her people faced, how would God look upon her? She agreed with her cousin and set her mind to do what is right, regardless of the outcome, saying, “And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16).
Perhaps we will never be in a situation quite so serious for so many people, but do we not still make decisions the impact the lives of others today? If we ignore the problems around us, how does God view our inactivity?
My mind turns to the parable of the talents and the response of the lord to the man who was entrusted with one talent. That man hid the talent in the ground, not risking anything. He did nothing, and the lord called him “wicked,” “lazy,” and “unprofitable” (Matthew 25:26, 30). When we see something that must be done, and we are in a position to do it, we must do it!