For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will come for the Jews will arises from another place, but you and your fathers family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.Esther 4:14 We have finally come to the most popular verse in Esther: For Such A Time As This. It summarizes the major theme in the book of Esther in just one sentence! God had a hand in Esther's life in order to bring her to that moment, the choice of saving the Jewish people by using her position as Queen. Her parents dying, being cared for by Malachi, being brought to the palace unsure of her fate, and then finally being crowned Queen. Everything she suffered, endured, and enjoyed all led her to this moment and it was no accident.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 Everything fell into place. After a life of uncertainty, her plan was finally made clear. Esther was Queen to save the Jews. Just as Esther's life had a specific purpose, so does yours. God knows how many hairs are on your head, the words you speak before you say them, and the way you will go. He is using you for his good even if you can't see it just yet. You are apart of his plan to move this world forward toward a new Heaven and a new Earth. And your past, and suffering are all apart of that. Looking back on your life, you may see mistakes and heartbreak, but God sees his perfect path he has created so that you may be where you need to be at the exact moment you need to be there.
Esther 4:14 fits impeccably with the book, A.D. 30 written by Ted Dekker, that I recently read. (Reminds me of how God brings everything together at the perfect moment)
A.D. 30 follows Maviah, an alienated daughter of a Bedu sheikh in Arabia, as she attempts to bring honor back to her father and her people after being conquered by the Thamud, their brutal and merciless enemies.
All her life she brought dishonor to her family and her people just because she was born a woman and to a slave girl. She was sold into slavery as a child and only when she became pregnant was able to return to her father in Dumah. She believed that she was worthless and would always be a slave because life and those around her told her no different. So when faced with the challenge of seeking the alliance of King Herod, she was overwhelmed with her own fear and self deprivation.
It wasn't until she met a mystic named Yeshua, who was more than mere man, that caused her to question her views of gods, life and herself. He brought the idea of something more than the here and now, but the Kingdom of Heaven being upon them. Within. Her journey of honor was a dangerous one, but everything in her past had prepared her for such a time as this. This was her plan, Gods plan and she was going to see it through.
"The problem with my life, then, was my own eyes, I thought. My perspective of the world determined whether I saw light or darkness, offense or mercy. I was blinded by a plank of grievance and saw only darkness."Maviah, A.D. 30
"But this made little sense. He was speaking of what was seen as weak as leading to fulfillment. It was the way of the world turned on its head."
Maviah, A.D. 30
A.D. 30 was such an amazing read. Ted Dekker intertwined true events and people of history such as King Herod, and Yeshua's (Jesus's) teachings, with fiction to create a truly gripping story. He was able to create scenes so vivid that I felt as if I was experiencing it all with them. Maviah, so beautifully human that I could heavily relate to her thoughts, fears and journey. While I read, I was Maviah and that is something not easily done. Dekker was able to exemplify the human condition, and yet provide the most wonderful sense of hope, love and acceptance, that we all long for, through Yeshua.
"To be so love without condition was beyond my comprehension."
Maviah, A.D. 30
And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.Romans 8:30
Don't think this is your type of genre? I am a creature of habit. I personally probably would have never bought this book if I was parusing the isles of Family Christian Bookstore. However! I am SO happy that I was able to read A.D. 30 By Ted Dekker because after the first chapter of this book, I was hooked and completely engulfed in it, that all I wanted to do was curl up and read the book straight through! I truly cannot wait to read his next work, A.D. 33.
I promise you that you will be as attached as I am after reading this book!
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Chapter 1 - God is Working Even When You Can't See It
Chapter 2 - The Lesson In Waiting
Chapter 3 - Your Tongue Can Be A Snare to Your Soul