“The king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was bewildered.” (Esther 3:15)
Isn’t this like so much of our response looks like to unrest, turmoil, and persecution happening around the world? We quickly shift our gaze from the problem to the petty importances such as dinner plans or drinks with a friend. How easy it is for us to jump into our normal routines when orders are daily being carried out, not unlike that of:
“destroy, kill, and annihilate all the jews -young and old, women and little children, and plunder all their goods.” (3:13)
The brokenness of the world clearly at play in both pictures. Both afffected by sin’s curse on earth’s ground. Yet how can we categorize it that way, when obviously there are gaps of differences -don’t we who claim ignorance to the victims of tangible oppression become not victims, but oppressors ourselves? What then is our response to their cries?
“When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore all his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly.” (4:1)
Activating a plan.
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise from another place, but you and your family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to a royal position for such a time as this.” (4:14)
What’s my royal position? What status, role, placement or location has been given to me not so I can turn a blind eye, but so I can better see the injustices and actually do something about them? Why have we shamelessly allowed the dirt of the world to smear our lenses, tinting our perspective and averting our purpose so far from God’s heart’s intentions?
Father, forgive me for not fighting for your heart- for not fighting to keep my lens scrubbed clean and translucent to see what you see or hurt over what hurts you. Advise me. Counsel me in how how to respond to the purposeful position you’ve raised me to acquire in obedience to your will. I am here for such a time as this. Give me Esther’s courage and boldness, faith to advance my enemies, and words to break oppression’s silence.