For Such a Time as This: Life Lessons from the Book of Esther
The Book of Esther in Review
What a tremendous book we have just completed! Not only is it a great story with all the drama and elements that a novel would contain, but it contains great lessons about how we should be living, conducting ourselves on the job, facing opposition, facing success, and looking ahead confidently to the future. Most importantly, it is the best “textbook” of the Scriptures about the providence of God, and how He works in the perfect way and the perfect timing to accomplish His purposes.
We began in the winter capitol of the Persian Empire, Susa, where we also concluded the story.Pride, lust, alcoholism, and the pursuit of power and dominance marked the Empire’s ruler, Ahasuerus (Xerxes). Ahasuerus sought to gain support for his campaign against Greece and then onward into Europe. However, his foolish partying cost him his marriage, and although Queen Vashti lost her crown, she kept her dignity as she refused the king’s immoral drunken orders. God used this providentially however to begin arranging His chess pieces for what He planned to do.
When Ahasuerus attacked Greece, despite all odds being on his side, he was badly beaten and returned to Susa in shame and depression, missing the wife he had divorced. His advisors hooked onto this, and began a search for all the beautiful virgins of the land to be brought to the king so he could find a substitute for Vashti. These women were sadly taken from their homes to never return again, but to be the concubines of the king. Again God was working providentially in this, for this also allowed Esther to get into the place He had for her to make a dramatic impact for Him.She was selected by the king as Vashti’s replacement, and this would be vital in the long run.
When Mr. Obama was running for President in 2008, his platform was “Hope and Change”. All of us wanted to hope that change would be for the better. We wanted to economy to improve and for there to be more jobs. We wanted to have more money in our pockets and food on our table. We wanted the wars to end and our people to be able to return home to their families. We wanted to bring America back to the high standards that she had held for most of her history.
Many people thought that that was what Mr. Obama was offering them. They thought that he would do as he had promised and concentrate “like a laser” on jobs and jump starting the economy. They didn’t realize that when he was allocating the stimulus money that what he was really doing, was paying off his supporters. They didn’t realize that when he was focusing on jobs, it would be to see how many he could get rid of by closing mines, stopping the building of coal-fired energy plants, and stopping drilling. They didn’t think that instead of improving the economy and bringing more jobs to the country, he would inact policies that would lead to higher gas and food prices. The fact that gas is as high as $5.49 in some places in CA is putting enormous pressure on the poor and middle class. When you add in the increased cost of food, the totality of the cost is crippling.
Mr. Obama is well on his way to fundamentally changing this country, but it is not a change for the better. Nothing that he has done has been to make this country a better and more prosperous place to live. The increased burdens have forced us to live more and more on a edge that we are finding ourselves at an increased risk of falling off.
Even if we elect a new President in 2012, it may be decades before we can regain what we have lost under Mr. Obama. That all depends on whether Mr. Obama will even listen to the people and step down. Nothing that he has done so far has shown that he has any more respect for the rule of law than he does for the country or it’s people. Time and again he and his administration have ignored and completely disregarded laws that they don’t like. We have no evidence that they will not do the same with the results of the 2012 election.
While on his campaign trail for the presidency, Barack Obama talked to no end about the “change” that would visit upon America, a change so profound, so sweeping, that it would “fundamentally transform” America. To understand the implications of this, we would do ourselves a good turn to subject the concept of “change” to philosophical interrogation.
“Change” is a concept with a storied history in the annals of Western philosophy. In fact, it is no exaggeration to account for Western philosophy itself as an enduring conflict over the nature of change and its place in the world. From its inception in ancient Greece 2600 years ago to the present day, philosophers have realized that inquiries regarding change are inseparable from those concerning permanence, identity, knowledge, belief, particulars, universals, and, in short, a plethora of other philosophical concepts.
- “The Middle East in Proving Once Again That Obama Is Worse and More Dangerous Than Jimmy Carter – The Sunday Commentary” and related posts (theliberalslies.blogspot.com)
- White House considers draining America’s Strategic Oil Reserves to further hide inflation (yourdaddy.net)
- Obama, the Apostate (gunnyg.wordpress.com)