Studying Beth Moore’s Bible Study on Esther I found myself wrestling with a challenging question. In Esther Chapter 4 Mordecai calls Esther to do more than sitting silently. Faced with the king’s edict drawing nearer Mordecai realizes that his niece is sitting in a position of influence. He sees the bigger picture and asks her to tell King Xerxes (her husband) the truth about Haman’s manipulation and what it will mean for Esther.
Esther was afraid. Speaking up could cause conflict. It is against the law. It could cost her life and still not make a difference for the Jewish people. She expresses her fear to Mordecai, and her uncle reminds her that fear shouldn’t be the dictator of her decisions for some very important reasons.
Esther 4:12-14 says:
“When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: ‘Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 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?’”
Beth Moore succinctly reminded us during the study “We can refuse to walk in obedience to God or cower in fear from our calling and He will undoubtedly still accomplish His agenda. As for us, however, we will pass up the fulfillment of our own entire life, purpose, and we, and perhaps even ‘our father’s family’ will miss a mighty work.”
When we understand that our calling is a gift from God we will live a purposeful life as we live in the sweet spot of our calling. This may mean that we pursue a career or we step up and speak out and raise awareness that leads to change and helps us develop new relationships and build authority and trust with people in our community. Investing in people, loving them well, and reflecting biblical values is always beneficial to God’s kingdom. But it isn’t always a natural first choice.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”