In Esther 4:10-13 we read about how Mordecai (Esther's older cousin) tells Esther that Haman (a man who got promoted as highest honor in the king's palace) issued a decree to have all the Jews killed. He tells her to go and urge the king to stop it or they would all die.
Esther's response was that she would die if she entered the inner court where the king was, and that she needed the king to extend a special gold scepter to spare her life.
Mordecai wasn't all too pleased with her reply, and he tells her that just because she is in the king's house, she's not any different.
You see, Esther had been silent about being a Jew all this time (as Mordecai had advised her to), so nobody knew about her real identity except for her family.
Some of us are in that place.
Some of us are hiding the fact that we are Christians. For whatever reason it may be in your case, it's time to unravel. At some point or another, the truth always comes out.
Some of us have reached a certain LEVEL of SUCCESS and we think we no longer have to comply with what we used to. We used to be so humble, but now that we've achieved status, we think we have passed that "stage"; we used to care, but we think we've "outgrown" that stage.
Mordecai basically says that even though she is in a palace, she is not safe. Neither are you.
As Christians, we're set apart, we're distinct, we're different. The enemy is not a respecter of persons. He wants to wipe away ANY type of person whom God has summoned by name and has approached to do His will. So even if you're in a stage of straying or relaxation from the Word, the enemy still has one plan: to kill, steal & to destroy.
Mordecai tells Esther that if she chooses to remain silent during this time, God will send deliverance for the Jews in another way.
As harsh as it may seem, it's true. God want's His plan fulfilled and accomplished and it has to be done. We can't spare the lives of people just because someone is sitting in fear and "thinking about it" or deciding they'll do it "tomorrow". There is no time for that.
YES God is compassionate, encouraging, and patient, BUT remember He will EQUIP you with all that you need to fulfill what He has called you to do (like Esther who was put in the position with all she needed to fulfill His purpose). He can't FORCE you after He's supplied everything for you...it's up to you to make that choice, so stand today and say YES. Mordecai does warn her that she will be held accountable for not acting when she could and that her and her family would perish.
Mordecai then tells her that perhaps God put her in the royal position for such a time as this, i.e. for this reason, to be God's INSTRUMENT.
How amazing is that.
This is the part that caught me.
It caught me so much because it made me think of how He has placed me here for a reason.
Friend, He didn't move you to a new State, school, university, job, house, area, estate etc for no reason. He has a reason. FIND out what that reason is, and wait upon the Lord to LEAD you through it. There might be someone who you might need to meet. There might be someone you might need to hear from. There might be someone you might need to help. There might be something YOU need to do, because God has summoned you by name.
Moses said: "Teach me your ways so I may know you and CONTINUE to find FAVOR with you." -Exodus 33:13
"In all ways ACKNOWLEDGE Him, and He shall make your paths straight." -Proverbs 3:6