For Such A Time As This
   
“For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
ESTHER 4:14

I wish the Grace and Peace of the Lord Jesus Christ to each of my Father’s children. I am happy commune with you again and hopefully share a word of encouragement with you, that I trust will bless you.

Recently, Evangelist LaMyeia Bradshaw asked me for a theme and scripture to characterize our ministry for the upcoming Bishop’s and First Lady’s Annual Appreciation service. After a prayerful wait, the Lord seemed to impress me with “Leaders for Such a Time as This..”, from the fourth chapter of Esther, and verse fourteen. Truthfully, I was thinking of First Lady, the Minister’s and Saints of O.A.A., who have been serving so marvelously, despite the COVID PANDEMIC. By the way, “Great Job, Saints!”

But the Lord, reminded me that “there is more to it than just that”. So I went back and looked at the text. In the fourth chapter of Esther, her cousin (quasi Uncle) Mordecai, sends the new Queen of Persia a word. Haman, their enemy, has engineered an attempt to destroy all of God’s people, their people, in this case, the Jews. “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place;..”. In other words, if you fail to rise to the defense and protection of your people, God will still supply their deliverance. Esther is called to acknowledge that there was a situation at hand that threatened to destroy all of her people. It is so important that all of God’s people be of the same mind in recognizing the times in which we live. If one is in danger, then all are in danger. In spite of this, God will make a way of deliverance for His people. “But thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed”.. and even though God rescue His people, if you don’t do what you can, you will be destroyed. Let us never forget, to whom much is given, much shall be required. God expects each of us to use the gifts that we were given. Then finally, “..and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” What a fateful question. It implies that the answer is known and clear. Yes, you have come to the Kingdom, to position, power and opportunity for this moment. God has a reason for each of us to be here for this time. It’s not just to spare us because He loves us. But He wants to be able to use us in the deliverance, strengthening and encouragement of others and the glorifying of His great name. It is well past time that each one of us begins prioritizing each other. Saint Paul teaches “..be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another”. Romans 12:10 The Body of Christ, the community, the importance of “the other”, whoever “the other” happens to be, must mean more to me than I mean to myself.

So if you are ever caught in the frame of mind where you wonder, “Why me Lord?” “Why does all the burden of service and help and surrender seem to fall on me alone?” I submit that Mordecai’s question is a fit for your situation. “..and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Maranatha,

Bishop Wells