A unique feature in the book of Esther is GOD is not mentioned by name in the entire book. However, a study of the book of Esther cannot deny God’s providence was at work. Perhaps no greater example of God’s providence can be found in the book than in Esther 4:13-14:
“Then 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. For 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?” (NASB).
After King Ahasuerus removed Queen Vashti, because she refused to parade her beauty before the people, Esther, a Jew, was chosen from all the fair maidens to be queen. Mordecai, who had raised Esther because her parents had died, had instructed Esther not to reveal to the King that she was a Jew. Haman, second in command to the king, was angered because Mordecai had refused to bow down to him or show reverence to Haman.
Haman, with authority from the king, decreed that Mordecai and all the Jews should be destroyed. Mordecai decided that the most likely way for the Jews to be spared was for Esther to go into the King and plead for her people. She feared for her life because anyone who came before the king without being summoned might be executed.
This brings us to Chapter 4:13-14. Mordecai pleaded with Esther to consider the fate of her people, the Jews. Mordecai reminded her, “Who knows whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther finally made the decision to take her case to the king and she saved her people.
Let’s consider this argument from Mordecai to Esther.
How can we apply this example of God’s providence to our lives today?
Who knows if God has placed you in your work place to be an example of honesty, integrity and Christian values before your co-workers?
Who knows if God has placed you in your school to be an example of good morals and a Christian serving God in his youth?
Who knows if God has placed you in your neighborhood to be an example of faithfulness in your marriage and training your children to love and serve God?
Who knows if God has placed you in your congregation of God’s people to be an example of leadership in serving God and doing good deeds?