Strength for Today
February 23
By Frank Eiklor

"For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
Esther 4:14

This scripture was not spoken by God, but by Mordecai the Jew to Esther the Queen who was a closet Jewess. Yet it contains three elements that every Christian would be wise to observe - a promise, a warning, and a question with eternal significance. The evil Haman - like Hitler after him - planned to destroy all the Jews. Mordecai sent word to Esther not to remain silent while her people died. That's when we observe the promise - Mordecai knew that God would not allow His people to perish and would use someone - if not Esther - to deliver them. Then came the warning: if Esther took the way of a coward, though the Jews would ultimately be saved, she would be lost. Last was the great question: could it be that God had placed Esther next to the throne so that she could be the Lord's vessel to keep the Jews from persecution and death?!

She passed the test. But the exam goes on in every generation.

1) Satan hates the Jews because they are God's eternal time clock of prophecy and promise.

2) There is no shortage of people willing to serve the devil by attacking Jews verbally, and, if possible, physically.

3) The Holy Spirit touches hearts of those who love God to speak up and stand up against hate directed at Jewish neighbors.

You and I have also come to the kingdom - God's Kingdom - "for such a time as this." Where others build walls of hatred, we are to build bridges of unconditional love - to the Jewish people and all others!

My Prayer:
"Make me, oh my Father, to be like Esther who could not remain silent or inactive in the face of human suffering. Give me courage to speak out against hatred aimed at any of my neighbors - Jew or Gentile."

This devotional comes from Frank Eiklor’s one-year devotional book "Experiencing God’s Extravagance!” You may contribute and receive the book; click here for more information!



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