Revelation 13; Esther 3-4; Psalm 106:1-23
Many years ago a gasoline company had a commercial that asked the question “What can one man do?” The idea was that you, as one man, could make a difference in the fight against pollution if you bought their gas. Often the world has been changed because one person or group responded to a situation and led the fight against an injustice, or sought to make other changes in our society. The Nobel Prize committee seeks out these people or groups and seeks to honor them at this time of year.
The Jews faced great trouble. A confidant of the king was annoyed by Mordecai and convinced the king to let him destroy Jews throughout the land. The date was set. The letters were sent and the thirteenth day of the twelfth month became a day of horror to Jews as it approached. There was weeping, wailing and wearing of sackcloth. There was prayer and fasting. Mordecai had a cousin on the inside: she was the king’s wife. He talked to her about approaching the king and working to save her people. When she pointed out the problems that would involve – including her own death – Mordecai enccouraged her to take the chance. “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 royal position for such a time as this?”
Christians are put in positions where they can use their jobs to avert disasters even today. Using those positions might entail great personal hardship or death. We of all people should be bolder in averting disasters and bringing about good using our positions of power. We have a great promise for the afterlife. We have the promise of heaven and God’s presence forever. We should serve God daily and grow strong enough to face the problems that life brings. When faced with such a dilemma we should remember the words of Mordecai: “…who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”