The phrase “for such a time like this” has emerged. I must have read it somewhere in my meandering for resources for these daily reflections.  Bible content has never been one of my strengths, so I admit that I had to locate where in the scripture this phrase originated. It is in Esther 4:13-14, which is the scripture reading for today.

A quick recap of the story is that the king deposes his current wife for not appearing when he called and thus begins a search for a new queen. Beautiful, young women are brought in from throughout the country to see if one might be suitable to be the new queen. Esther is chosen to be the queen. After that, one of the king’s trusted advisors decides to have all the Jews in the kingdom murdered on a certain day to which the king agrees. Mordecai, Esther’s Uncle who had adopted her, goes to Esther and pleads for her to intercede on behalf of her people, the Jews.

Esther is challenged in two ways. First, Esther never told anyone she was a Jew and so to advocate for them is to out herself as someone the king has ordered to kill. Secondly, the king had not called for Esther in 30 days and to enter the king’s presence without an invitation is to risked death. Mordecai utters the words of Esther 4:14. Could there be wisdom in Mordecai’s challenge and Esther’s response for us in such a time like this?  Yes, there is.

We, too, can be smart and wise, clever and good, protecting those who need protecting and we also can be courageous in the face of uncertain times.

Scripture Reading: Esther 4:13-14
13”Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, ‘Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. 14For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”

Reflection Questions:
For just such a time as this – what is God’s calling for you?
How do you define courage?
Is there someone in your life that needs your protection (support or care or forgiveness)?

Prayer: Holy God, for such a time as this, keep me mindful of the needs of others and challenge me to respond in helpful ways.  Give me courage to face the uncertainty of COVID19 and wisdom to be an ongoing part of the solution. Amen.

 

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