The Power of One

Have you heard the quote: “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

The quote comes from the story of Esther (Esther 4:14b). Esther lived a remarkable life. She was born to humble beginnings; the daughter of a conquered people. She was a Jewess when the Jews were under the rule of the Persian Empire.

And yet, in to these humble circumstances, God placed His hand. Esther rose to the position of Queen of Persia, having won the favour of the king. A dangerous situation arose due to court politics, and the pride of one particularly ambitious and evil man, named Haman. The Jews faced slaughter at an edict from the king, an edict prompted by the lies and deceit of Haman. Again, Esther rose above her situation. Her uncle reminded her that her fate was tied to that of her people; and who knew – perhaps, she was appointed for “such a time as this”.

No one was allowed before the king unless so commanded. Esther had not been brought before him for many days and he had many concubines. Yet, at the urging of her uncle, she acted in bravery and went before the king. Again, she won his favour and the plot against the Jews was foiled, and Haman ended his days swinging from a gallows.

Queen Esther had saved her people from slaughter. She was enabled to do so by God, who moved a king and a nation to save His people.

Esther was born a woman of a conquered people. She held no societal status, until God moved circumstances. And yet when danger came to her people, as Queen, she had the choice to step out bravely, or hide behind her mantle and hope she would be overlooked, and so not share her people’s fate. If she had taken the later course, choosing to hide? Her uncle answered this question in the same verse as quoted above:

“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish” (Esther 4:14a).

You do not need an army of people, or a wealth of finances, or the audience of a filled sport’s stadium to make a difference. All you need is God.

Keep fighting for justice, keep building His Kingdom, keep walking the path that He has set before you.

And when courage deserts you? Return to the story of Esther, and other such stories of God’s victories, achieved through seemingly insignificant people. Take courage from the ones that God has used before you.

God works through individuals. He wants to work through you!

Believe in the power of one. Believe in the mighty hand of God, which is behind you when you seek His ways and walk in accordance to His statutes. As an individual, you can make a difference in this world! (MikesChair; “Keep Changing the World”)


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