Today’s Scripture: For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14

God chose Jonah for the hour at hand. As a prophet of the Lord, Jonah would faithfully serve his country, meeting the spiritual needs of his people. But then God called him to preach judgment upon the people of Nineveh. When called to action, however, Jonah packed his bags and fled.

God also chose Esther to fulfill His purpose. In this classic rags-to-riches story, Esther, a young, Jewish girl, was selected as the Queen of Persia after winning a beauty pageant. But shortly thereafter, she received word that the Jewish people were in danger of annihilation. Realizing the urgency of the situation, Esther answered God’s call (at risk to her own life) and saved her people.

You receive a promotion at work, and now your employer wants you to do something illegitimate for the company. How will you respond in your moment of truth? Will you cling so tightly to your God-given status and reputation that you cannot lay it all on the line to obey Him? Or have you determined to honor God at all costs?

Resolve to stand for God today. Who knows? God may have chosen you for such a time as this.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder