For Such A Time As This-Esther Chapters 3-4

Esther Bible study PicIt has been a wonderful experience to combine faith and fitness!  We are in full swing of our Ruth and Esther Bible Study Series.

Our walk through the book of Esther has been AH-mazing! Within the first chapter we had high drama and suspense…a perfect biblical soap opera.  Chapter two introduced us to our dear Esther and the first series of “The Bachelor” with King Xerxes looking for a new queen.  Through God’s providence, Esther became the queen! 

Chapter three opened with a man named Hamon rising to power within the King’s government.  Esther’s Uncle Mordecai refused to bow to Hamon who got so angry about being “disrespected” that he convinced the King to kill ALL of the Jews.  If you have been following the story, you see a common thread of King Xerxes and his “wise advisors”. 

Chapter four began with Mordecai mourning over the decree to kill his people.  He sent word of the King’s plan to Esther.  Upon first hearing about the decree, Esther resigned that there was not much she could do.  Mordecai politely reminded Esther not to forget who she was and where she came from.  Then he asked her the million dollar question:  Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this? (Esther 4:14 NLT)”

The whole “for such a time as this” concept hit me right between the eyebrows.  I have been struggling with transitioning into my new job.  I was comfortable at the old place.  The old place had NOT so professional leadership..but I digress.  Anywho, the new job has been a huge learning curve and I have needed the Holy Spirit to help me with my “want to”.  It has been a mental struggle.  Has God placed me on the new job for a reason?  Unequivocally, I can say yes but what is the reason?  Surely if God has put me here wouldn’t I just love every moment or at least feel Him close to me? 

Beth Moore’s words sum things up nicely—“I had to accept that I was not called to an easy life.  I was called to a purposeful life.”

The book of Esther is the only book of the Bible where God is not mentioned.  Some commentaries suggest that this is a literary device to show that even when it seems as though God is not there, He is in fact working behind the scenes.

Do you know that God is working in your current situation? 

Homework-Read Esther Chapters 3-4 & complete the discussion questions for Session 4.

Join us for bible study and class on Saturday June 8, 2013


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