Opportunity (Esther #14)

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Text: Esther 4:10-14

Esther has been queen for seven years now.  Haman’s plan has been hatched and implemented to kill all Jews.  Esther is in a position to have the king’s ear and try to overthrow this evil plot.

God doesn’t work in our lives because we don’t let him work.  I’m convinced that if we gave God opportunity to use our lives by dedicating ourselves to his ministry our lives would be used much more than they are.  We might say, Lord, here I am in Beeville, TX, or at work, and I’m going to open my mouth for you.  I don’t know how this is going to turn out, but please do something through me.

God equips for the job he has to do.  But he only equips the person after they’ve said yes to the job.

Opportunity of the sceptre

  • Inner court
    • Opportunity to ask the king
    • Jesus Christ is the sceptre.  Hebrews 4:15-16 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
    • Prayer is asking.
    • Ye have not because you ask not.
    • If prayer puts God to work on earth, then, by the same token, prayerlessness rules God out of the world’s affairs, and prevents Him from working.
  • It is an opportunity to get the king involved
    • The king allows that if he puts his sceptre down, he may commit himself to your cause.
    • God has placed Himself under the law of prayer, and has obligated Himself to answer the prayers of men. He has ordained prayer as a means whereby He will do things through men as they pray, which He would not otherwise do.
    • One thing I notice about answered prayer in the Bible is the implication is that the particular event would not have happened had someone not prayed.
      • Joshua stops the sun in battle in Joshua 10:13
      • Elijah makes the rain stop for 3 ½ years and then begin again.
      • Hezekiah prays for deliverance from the Assyrians and in the morning 185,000 Assyrian warriors lay dead around Jerusalem.
      • Daniel’s prayers and answers
      • Answered prayer means you got a hold of the Creator of all things and He agreed with you and moved in a direction you wanted Him to.
    • It is an opportunity to allow the Lord to put his name on it
  • The sceptre made clear the opportunity
    • Jesus Christ is the sceptre, The sceptre shall not depart from Judah
    • Jesus Christ shed his blood to give man an opportunity to meet with God.  When you come to God on the basis of what Jesus Christ did, you make God happy.
    • Lord, for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ make me and make us a testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ

Opportunity scorned has consequences

  • Mordecai said something that I don’t hear many people comment on.  I hear so many folks talk about how God got Esther to this point for this purpose.  But Mordecai says that Esther is not really necessary in all this, however this is an opportunity she needs to take hold of and speak up.
  • Opportunity is a trial of the heart that reveals who we are
    • Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
    • 1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

Opportunity is what’s in front of you to do

  • Esther will not be the queen of Persia forever, but she is queen now.  And the condemnation facing her people is something she may be able to address as the king’s wife.
  • …for such a time as this…
    • Who knows if this is why you’re here or not?
    • To save much people alive as Joseph did in Egypt.  Who knows, Mordecai asks.
    • The Bible talks about the brevity of our life
  • But a vapor… all flesh is grass
    • When I read about people in the Bible, though people’s lives may last 70 years, and there are a couple of things that define them in life.
    • Elijah’s life God records seven things about Elijah’s life.  That’s it.  Seven events.  The reason those things happen is because he’s prepared for those moments.

Creating opportunity

  • There are so many things that could’ve gone wrong with Esther and kept her from getting to this opportunity in her life.  
  • She could’ve got mad at God for being an orphan.
  • She could’ve given up her purity and disqualified herself from being queen.
  • She could’ve been puffed up with pride.  God’s record of Esther is that she is fair and beautiful (2:7)
  • Sin will turn your opportunities upside down.