Purim is the Jewish holiday commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people from Haman’s wicked plot to exterminate the Jewish people during the reign of the Persian King Ahasuerus.
We find the story in the book of Esther, named after the heroine of this tense and tenuous time. You see, when her Uncle Mordecai wouldn’t bow down to Haman, vizier to the King, Haman hatches a wicked and diabolical plot to have the Jewish people exterminated.
Esther, a common Jewish girl, through a series of events, rises from anonymity to become Queen of Persia. It turns out, she is the last and only hope in changing the grisly outcome to Haman’s evil intent.
For she happens to be strategically placed “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14)!
If you remember, Esther takes heed and follows Mordecai’s exhortation to go to the King and expose Haman. The result: deliverance. The Jewish people are spared and Haman is executed.
Esther was strategically placed in the court of King Ahasuerus, so at just the right time, she could bring a word ‘aptly spoken’ – a word that changed the immediate destiny of her people.
As Esther served as a type of ambassador, representing her Jewish people before the King, you and I are ambassadors of the King of Kings, Jesus. For He has strategically placed each one of us in a unique sphere of influence to bring words of life to those who’ve not yet personally met The King – the Lord Jesus:
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
And just as Esther pleaded to King Ahasuerus for a change of heart, imploring him to reverse the decree of death placed upon the Jewish people, so we plead with others for a change of heart – that they would turn from rejecting Jesus to receiving Him.
So redeem the time, seek the Lord, striving to be aware of those opportunities He provides, being the ambassador He desires you to be…for such a time as this!