Thursday, February 7, 2013

Be Their Voice

A voice for the voiceless

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Do you feel the weight of the voiceless? 

When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry. (Esther 4:1).

Here the Jews stood on the verge of extinction, and their fate lay in the hands of young queen, an orphan queen. Sounds like God, right? His choice of deliverance is rarely what we would choose, but always more exciting than our feeble solutions. If you know the story of Esther, you know that her presence in the palace, the favor she had with everyone, was one God directed step after the other.  You can't make this stuff up.

The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
(Esther 2:17)

Esther was the one voice for a nation facing total destruction. No one would be allowed to survive. The Jews were facing extinction. The orders were out. Can you imagine? In some ways, it would seem that Esther would be safe. She lived in the palace and the King had already showed favor toward her. Could she keep her silence and avoid death? Would she keep silent with her nation facing death?

“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 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? (Esther 4:13-14)”

Ladies and Gents, there are a lot of issues we could be silent about. We could go on with our lives, safe, avoid the risk, and live comfortably. Like Esther, we have a choice. It seems safer in silence. I get that. It takes a whole lot of courage to stand before the King, or in our case, injustices of today. Death mocks us. Pride intimidates us.  Fear Paralyzes us. Satan and his crew run circles around us, create chaos in us, and decorate our feet in shackles. 

But God....

He raises up His people. 

He calls for voices. 

Esther was a voice for a entirely voiceless people group. God placed her right smack dab in the middle of the kingdom at the perfect time to save His people. You and I were born into this time in history, like Esther, for our such a time as this. There are too many people without voices today. I am not one of them. 

Boys need heroes. 

Girls need freedom. 

Kids need homes. 

Babies need life. 

Broken bodies need protection. 

Lost lives need Jesus.

I believe we are gifted for the issues we see today. You and I were designed for this moment in history. God saw the grand scope of history and decided that Jennifer Adams should be in her twenties in the year of 2013. And here I am. That's how He works, but not without reason. He never plans/ works outside of His purpose. 

My plea is that you would seek God for the voiceless, and your place in their plight. 

Why has he put us here, but for such a time as this?


Courtney said...

Absolutely! I love that this is the time for us to be "Emmanuel" to a hurting world. Thank you for this swift kick in the rumpus.

Jennifer said...

True True! We have such a great opportunity.