Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this. Esther 4:14b
When the WISDOM organization decided that it would forgo its former approach to the Madison Action Day for 2017, no one knew at the time that providence was being fulfilled. As an organization we simply wanted to streamline the message of the day and to give each particular issue the appropriate time and attention it deserved. Who could have imagined that the country would fall into the control of leadership that has proposed and begun to carry out some very oppressive policies? WISDOM and its affiliates were formed to combat and alert the people of its devastating consequences.
The scripture above is from the Old Testament book of Esther. Esther's uncle Mordecai suggested a providential reason for her becoming queen at this precise time in history; that is, Esther was acting as God's agent in delivering the Jewish people. Esther agreed to intervene with the king on behalf of her people. She fasted for three days in order to seek God's guidance through prayer at this critical juncture. Esther's ability to look beyond her needs saved a multitude.
During this period of Lent many of our faiths make a pledge of repentance, contemplation, and sacrifice. We look beyond our needs in order to identify with and get in concert with the creator. We have an opportunity and a charge to make a statement in Madison on Thursday, March 30th.
As President and member of WISDOM, I strongly ask each of our affiliates and all the membership to pray, meditate, and reflect on building for a powerful gathering. Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?