The Right Place...The Right People (Esther 4:14)
Esther 4:14, 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?
While Esther was enjoying her new role as queen, her uncle Mordecai uncovered a plot to exterminate the Jewish people in the land. He realized that something had to be done and that Esther was in the right position at the right time; but would she accept the challenge? God placed the right woman in the right place at the right time. Did it ever occur to you that you could be one of God’s heroes and that God is equipping and preparing you for something yet ahead? God has put us on this earth for a purpose.
Where you are today is no accident. Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, challenged her and changed for life by saying, “who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther never set out to become a queen, but once she was, she had to decide between her comfort and her calling. It’s a choice we all make. We all ask ourselves, “What’s my calling?” This involves your marriage, your family, your job, your friendships. It involves the community in which you live and service at your home church. One thing is certain, when God calls it’s your time. Whenever you’re tempted to think to wait for some other time or more important opportunity, keep in mind, you don’t get to choose your time, God does that. Psalm 31:5a, My times are in thy hand.
God sends special people to guide us. Without Mordecai in her life Esther might never have understood her calling. And without his help she might never embraced it. The question you should ask is, “Who is your Mordecai?” Who knows you well enough to help clarify your calling? Who loves you enough to challenge you when you get off track, or to strengthen you when you want to quit and turn back? Not one of us is a composite of all of life’s virtues. We all have blind spots and weaknesses. That’s why God chooses to send others and why we need them.
Maybe it is the Lord speaking to our hearts and telling us to take a bold step of faith and do something we have never done, something way out of our comfort zone. God gives gifts and talents to each of us that we need to use. Esther delivered when it was needed. You have a gift that was given to you by God. Everyone has a role to play. Everyone has talents and gifts that are given to them by God that they must discover, cultivate and use for his glory.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, Thank You that every day is a new beginning with new opportunities to trust in You. Lord, guide me in Your ways so that I will know how to take a stand for You, just as Esther did. When I start to feel out of place, help me to know You are near. In Jesus name, Amen.
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