Last night was the celebration of Purim among the Jewish people and those who embrace the Jewishness of our faith in Yeshua. I have been reflecting on the story of Esther again and after reading a post at another blog a little bit ago it hit me a little harder. We often get the impression that we must be in the spotlight to help others, so much so that many in our culture tend to seek out fame or influence as a means of “helping” people.
I am thinking of the young sports talents who look to “get big” so they can “give back” by helping others and those who seek celebrity and so on and so forth. But we don’t have to be a celebrity or wealthy or of huge reputation to be involved in Kingdom business. In fact, God delights in using those who are of no reputation.
Esther is unique in that God’s name does not appear anywhere in the text. God chooses to work “behind the scenes” and out of view in this story. In the book of Esther, Mordecai does a great service to the king by revealing a plot against his life; and while it would seem that it is Esther who is the “spotlight” person of influence, it is Mordecai, the unnamed fasting Jewish people, and most importantly God (whose name never appears remember), who are key to the story.
God may seem hidden at times. The book of Esther and her story, reminds us that even when God seems hidden, He is still at work. He is always at work. Let us not be tempted to think that in order to accomplish big things we must be big. God does not need the biggest or the most well known to accomplish His purpose. He doesn’t even need you. Rather, He will use the things that are hidden away, unknown, or of no reputation far more often than not.