The Right Place...The Right People…The Right Time (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.
I used to think that I would have wanted to live in another period of time. Often Old Testament, New Testament, or during the great revival campaigns across our nation. I no longer feel that way. I am grateful and confident that with the Lord there are no mistakes, and He has His people positioned at the right place and at the right time. Knowing the Lord is coming soon and having an opportunity to serve Him at this time is exciting. Where you are today is no accident. Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, challenged her and changed her life by saying, “who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther never set ought 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 wait for some other time or a 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 ordained people for an ordained purpose to guide us. Without Mordecai in her life, Esther might never have understood her calling. And without his help, she might never have 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.
Esther put her life on the line, spoke up for her people and saved the Jewish people as a result. God is preparing His heroes, and when the opportunity comes, He can fit them into their places in a moment, and the world will wonder where they came from. God has put us on this earth for a purpose. As a believer, you are also lifted to a high position. You are now a child of God. You are a co-heir with Jesus. With this position, you have the purpose of bringing a message to the world. In this life, every position you hold, every place you go, you have a purpose. That purpose is to bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus. You are in the right place, at the right time to bring that message to whomever you are around. You are the one who can do what no one else can do. You are there for a purpose. And He has put all of us where we are for such a time as this. Sometimes the Lord will speak to our hearts and tell us to do something. 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. It might be something unexpected that God will call you to do “for such a time as this”. You can find that purpose and dedicate your life to the glory of God, or you can ignore it and chase after the empty promises of this world. It’s really your choice.
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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