Around 2500 years ago Hadassah was a Jewish girl who found herself married to the King of Persia. When the Jews were facing genocide at the hands of the Persians, Hadassah’s cousin Mordecai urged her to act, even if it meant risking her life.
“Don’t think that in the king’s palace you’ll escape any more than the other Jews will,” Mordecai told her. “For if you keep silent now, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from somewhere else, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows whether or not you’ve come to the kingdom for a time such as this?” (Esther 4:13-14).
The story of Hadassah, better known as Esther, gives insight into the workings of God’s will. God uses human beings to bring about his purposes. If we cooperate with those purposes, we’ll be blessed in the process. But if we insist on going against God’s will, he’s perfectly capable of using someone else.
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley