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 your royal position for such a time as this?’ Esther 4:14
I like this guy Mordecai. He doesn’t go off on some ‘thus saith the Lord’ tip. What he says on the contrary is ‘who knows’. Jonathan was the same. We read what he said to his armour bearer in 1 Sam 14:6 – “Jonathan said to his young armour-bearer, ‘Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act on our behalf.” Sorry? I beg your pardon? Did you say perhaps? You mean to tell me you want me to head off into dangerous territory and all I have to bank on is perhaps?
Mordecai was asking Esther to present herself to the king to plead for the sparing of the Jews who were about to be annihilated. Esther’s response to him had been that everyone knows “that any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold sceptre to them and spares their lives”. And in all this, Mordecai’s attitude was “who knows…maybe this is the moment for which you were made” (my paraphrase).
Imagine living such a life of faith that makes every moment a who knows moment. Imagine going through each day with an attitude of perhaps God will act on my/our behalf. In life we need to walk close to God. We need to be firmly grounded on the word and so immersed in the presence of the Holy Spirit that as we are led and guided by them that our faith is high and we can take risks knowing that our God is with us.
Here’s your mandate for today: stay close to God and attempt some crazy things. Take some risks and perhaps He will act on your behalf. Who knows?