Passage of the Day: Esther 7: 1 – 2 … 1 So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther. 2 And on the second day, at the banquet of wine, the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!”
My Journal for Today: Chuck Swindoll closes out this devotional entry by quoting Solomon from Eccl. 3: 1, 7, which states, “There is a time for every event under heaven … a time to be silent and a time to speak.” And Esther had the discernment to know when to do both. On two previous occasions our heroine had the opportunity to blow away Haman’s scheme to get rid of the Jews; but she kept silent. And now all of a sudden, when her husband, the King, asks her a third time for her regal request, she recognizes that the fog has lifted and the time, God’s time, is right for revelation of Haman’s evil plan. It’s the time God raised the child of the Covenant to be the savior of her people – the time for Esther to shine God’s light for His glory.
In this world in which we live, so often it’s like we’re boating around in a small craft which has been enveloped in a dense fog. It’s so hard to hear where to go because there’s so much noise coming at us through the soupy saturation of information in our culture. It’s hard to see which direction to go because there are so many battle fields which call to us for attention. We’re blinded by all the evil strongholds the enemy has setting up, walling us off from the truth. But then it’s like the fog lifts for a time – in God’s timing – and we discern what must be done and that we have been called to take action for our Lord. And God hands the torch to us; and we must shine His light.
Yes, my friend, at times it’s hard to know when to wait and when to act; but first we must know there will be a time and a place to make a choice for Godly truth; and there will be a time to shine God’s light and dispel the darkness which surrounds us. We know from Christ’s own command (in Matt. 5: 16) that God desires for us to shine His light in the darkness for all to see Him working through us so that He will be glorified. So, it is our responsibility to wait for His time to lift the fog so that we can see where to go and what to do. And when the fog lifts, it will be our time to carry His light into an ever darkening world.
Get ready, our (your) time will come!
My Prayer for Today: Oh, Lord, we wait for You to lift the fog and show us our calling and to give us Your enabling grace. Amen