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For today, for this place, you are here

 
Jimmy Cochran Columnist

  Once upon a time in a land far, far away, a beautiful young woman was held   captive in an enemy land. Over time, this lovely captive became pitted against all the beautiful young women in the country and wins the King’s heart to become his Queen. Just like a story out of the Disney archives, isn’t it. Well, except for the fact that the story is from the Bible and the young woman’s name was Esther. And Esther failed to disclose the fact that she was Jewish and was one of the captive population when she was chosen Queen. Oh, the political intrigue of those foreign countries and lovely women.

  For a number of years, there was peace in the land until an evil man persuaded the King to begin a campaign to kill the Jewish population. When Esther’s uncle heard of this edict, he went to his niece to ask her to ask the King to cancel the order even thought it would mean she had to disclose her heritage. Esther was hesitant to do so because she knew that it could easily lead to her own death even though the King loved her dearly.

  When the uncle sensed her continuing hesitancy, he finally asks her “who knows that for such a time as this you have come to this kingdom?”  In other words, God may have placed her in this place years before so that she would be available to be used in this time she was needed. Esther went to the King, he warmly received her, heard her story and his love for her let him see through the evil manipulations by which he had been deceived. The law was repealed and the evil man was killed.

  This story has much to say to all of us. Look around where you are. At work, at home, at the grocery store, at school, at church, wherever. For this particular time, you are there. At some time, you are going to be needed to take a stand for what is right in the eyes of God. You may have already been there and didn’t take the stand you knew you should. If so, don’t beat yourself up; we’ve all been there.  We’re worried about being made fun of or concerned that we’ll be rejected. In many companies we could be terminated and in many circles we would be seen as too spiritual or pious. 

  Folks, God gave us a chance for eternal life through His Son. He has given us the provisions we need for daily living.  He has promised to take care of us through the difficult times and to stand proudly beside us during the times of joy. So, we are afraid of being laughed at for all He has done for us? Queen Esther could have been killed instantly by order of her husband. At the least, she could have been ordered out of the palace and killed alongside her people. Yet, she bravely stepped forward, proclaimed her belief and asked for the King’s acceptance and help. By her own admission she was hesitant, but she was reminded that “for such a time as this…. you are here.” At that point, she knew that she needed to take a stand. 

  We may come across this same situation every day. Let’s remember the story of Queen Esther and that for today, for this place, you are here.

  And for today my friends, this has been the gospel according to Jimmy.

 

  Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, author, musician and minister.

 

 

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