Sermon No: 2763-Esther - Part 3
SERMON TOPIC: Esther 3
Speaker: Gavin Paynter
Date: 13 March 2016
Topic Groups: PROVIDENCE, ESTHER, BOOK STUDY
In chapter 4 we see typology regarding the need for godly repentance and the difference between grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit.
Mordecai says these memorable words, “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”
Like Esther, you too may be faced with a choice to rise up to a situation in faith, or to shrink back in fear and remain silent. Will you retreat and keep quiet, in hope that someone else will answer the call? Or will you obey the voice of God and speak and act on his behalf and for his glory? Who knows - this crisis situation you may be facing now may be your time - you too may have been positioned by God “for such a time as this”.
Esther makes the great statement of faith, “If I perish, I perish”.
So she makes it clear that she doesn’t know what the outcome will be, but she is now prepared to take a step in faith. Faith doesn’t mean that we know what God will do, but it is the sincere belief that God will work out his purpose, and that his purpose is what’s best for us.