"Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this." Esther 4:14 (MSG)
I've been thinking about Presidents this past week as our nation celebrates the presidential inauguration. There have been good presidents and poor presidents. Historians will tell you that Abraham Lincoln was absolutely the right person for the job at precisely the time our country needed him. The same is generally held for a handful of others. God's message to us is that He intercedes in raising rulers to power. So, I often look at the political landscape across the globe and wonder what God is up to.
It has been debated through the years whether the book of Esther should even be included in the Bible. Naysayers point out that God is never mentioned in the book. The name of God is never uttered. But, like the story itself, God is present and actively at work in the story, though the writer never penned his name. Mordecai nailed it when he suggests that, out of all the beautiful girls in Persia, Esther was chosen Queen so that she could save her people from death. She was the right person, in the right place, at the right time.
So, why am I here, God? Why do you have me at this exact place, at this exact time?