Week beginning: 22nd February, 2015
By Graham Whitworth | Sunbury-on-Thaames
"For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"Esther 4:14, ESV
Throughout the book of Esther, "the name of God is not there, but His finger certainly is" wrote the 18th century Bible commentator Matthew Henry. It tells the true story of God's deliverance of His people from annihilation in the land of Babylon, achieved by causing Esther, a beautiful Jewish girl, to become the wife of a heathen King, and therefore Queen, of territory extending from India to Ethiopia. In the above verse, her uncle Mordecai urges her to use her position to expose a plot to destroy her people.
It may not always be so easy for us to identify how God can use us to advance His purposes in our work as lawyers. Yet, like Esther, we have been given favour by God: in our case with those who enabled us to qualify and find employment, join a partnership or find a place in chambers. Although in some areas of practice it may seem as if our work simply helps our clients to make money, even that is possible only because God has put us in a position to serve them, in His providence. However, let us be prepared for those occasions when God expects us, like Esther, to use our influence to encourage what is right, to expose what is wrong or to help fellow believers who are in trouble.
1) Ask God to make you aware of His Spirit's prompting for times when you need to be speaking out.
2) Please pray for the Student and Junior lawyers conference which is taking place this weekend, for the speakers and for all the attendees, that they may grow in their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.