“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” — Esther 4:14
A local news team went to a San Antonio bowling alley to interview an unknown hero: Ek. He operates the pin setting machines at the bowling alley. No one ever sees Ek, they only see his handiwork. He dislodges pins and bowling balls that are stuck so people can continue to bowl. He said to the local sportscaster interviewing him, “I work behind the scenes, no one ever sees me. The only time the bowlers call on me and recognize I am there is when they are in trouble.” So many bowlers are unaware of Ek’s work, but he is there working actively.
Even when we aren’t aware of it, God is working. But there are times when we go through challenging seasons and wonder, “God, are You working?” Are you asking that today?
In the Book of Esther, God’s people are about to be violently killed. In Esther 4:14, we find Mordecai telling Esther that she has been elevated to the position of queen for such a time as this — to save God’s people. God uses Esther to save His people.
Now, here is an unusual fact about the Book of Esther: God is never mentioned. But it is clear He is at work throughout the book. Here’s a simple prayer to pray when you doubt God is working: “Lord, remind me that You are at work even when it doesn’t seem like it.”
— Ikki Soma, Houston Rockets chaplain
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