For Such a Time as This
by Doris Thompson
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Book of Esther
I love history. I love reading “Little Women” or watching “Little House on the Prairie”. I think I could have lived during their time and fit in quiet well. But, if I had lived then, I would not be alive now. As Queen Esther whose story is told the old Testament book of Esther decided that she must have been born for the time in which she lived, I too must accept that I was born for such time as this.
It appears that Esther was a quiet spirited person, very compliant and maybe her choice would be to stay in the background. But God had other plans and her mentor Mordecai recognized the opportunity she had.
It is possible, if not probable that Esther could have accomplished what she did for her people had she been somewhere else. However I’ve learned that God directs our steps - He has mapped out our lives - we are brought into acquaintance with people in our life time that will fulfill His purpose. I don’t believe in chance meetings.
Esther was an orphaned Jewish girl who was ushered into the palace to be viewed as a replacement for the former Queen. I wonder if it took Esther a few weeks to get use to the idea that she was favored by the King. Being an orphan one day and living in the Queen’s quarters the next had to have taken some adjustment on her part. Esther had not revealed her back ground or her relationship to Mordecai (Esther 2:20).
With the uprising against the Jewish people, Mordecai gave Esther’s messengers this compelling plea. Esther should not entertain the idea that just because she was Queen she would not be numbered among the Jews in the time of destruction. “…and who knows whether you are come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
I believe Mordecai’s words were powerful and started a surge in her spirit to pray about the task at hand. Often it takes a “word spoken in season” (Proverbs 15:23b) that makes its way to our heart and causes us to move with passion and for sure with caution.
The picture of Queen Esther as she prepared herself to go into the presence of the King, shows us that we too must have a time of preparation if for no other reason than to recognize our part of God‘s program and be prepared at a moments notice..
Fulfilling our purpose is an awesome task - working with God and His plan - is an awesome experience far beyond what our mind can comprehend. What He accomplishes through us is so fantastic however, that only He can receive Glory. For we are not able to accomplish the same in our own know how.
God has the perfect plan for each of us. And in that perfect plan is a bigger picture that we with all our smarts could never figure out. Being obedient to the calls and opportunities He presents will eventually reveal that our living in 2006 or later is “for such a time as this.”
Esther refused to be paralyzed by tradition or life-and-death peril. She acted in faith at the right time, and the history of an entire region of the world was changed that day. Likewise, we as Christians have only a short window of time to fulfill our purpose of the kingdom. Together, you and I have been raised up for this hour. We should have a sense of destiny. One soul is precious in God’s sight. The one you bring into the knowledge of His saving Grace through Jesus, could be the one He has brought into your life. It would be easy to ignore the duty we have as a Christian, but remember God doesn’t ask of us anything He will not equip us to do.
It is our purpose to speak forth the truths of God’s Word and get the message out. People are hungry for the Truth that transforms lives. You and I have an appointment with history-destiny as it were to carry out God’s work in our world. You and I have a unique mission - in that you and I were called to this time for a reason.
Doris Thompson is an Author, Freelance Writer and Speaker, living in Conway with her husband Verlon.. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Very nicely written, and I enjoyed it. Thank you. Jacque