And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this. Esther 4:14b NIV
Esther was an unlikely choice for a queen. She was an orphan, raised by her cousin Mordecai and, to add to her insurmountable odds, she was a Jew. This is the perfect story for any Hollywood studio. When you look at just one of these facts you might think the odds are stacked against Esther, but God had other plans. Esther was a long shot for queen but she never let her circumstances dictate her outcome. Instead, she trusted in God and through supernatural (Godly) intervention, Esther became queen.
Esther’s position was no accident. God had placed her in a position of influence for a very specific purpose. Your position in life is not an accident either. God has you exactly where He wants you for His purposes. Sure, we try to sabotage God’s plans all the time with our own, but no matter what we do, God’s plans are carried out whether we realize it or not.
Mordecai is speaking to Esther when he says “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this.” He is explaining to her that if she stays silent, help for the Jews will come from someone else, and she will die knowing that she did nothing. God had a plan for her life; He placed her in a powerful position so that she could make a difference in the lives of her people.
We don’t know what Esther’s faith looked like. God’s name is not mentioned in the entire book. We do know that she was a Jew and it was her love for her people that made her willing to sacrifice herself to save them. God’s love for us in John 3:16 is the most selfless form of love in the entire Bible. Jesus’ short time on earth was spent loving others and putting their needs before His own.
Throughout the Bible, God uses unlikely individuals to serve His purpose. What is your purpose? When you look back at your life, can you see the hand of God directing your story? Whether you believe it or not, you’re exactly where God wants you. You may think you’re in control of your own destiny but God has other plans.
Instead of spinning your wheels trying to figure out what God’s purpose and direction is for your life, try just seeking what He wants from you today. If God asks you to do something that is out of your comfort zone, just trust Him and do it. Who knows, you might just discover His purpose for your life.
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Make a list of roles in your life. Maybe you’re a mother, daughter, wife, corporate executive…. Next to each role, write what you believe is God’s purpose for you as you serve in each of these roles. (Maybe as a daughter your role right now is to care for elderly parents). Look at each of the roles you’ve listed. How are you making an impact for God in each of those areas? (If you are caring for your parents, maybe it’s showing God’s love to them even during difficult times). If you see areas where you are not showing God’s love or impacting the lives of others for Christ, ask God to help you develop the character qualities necessary so you can be a positive influence for Him in those areas.
Dear God, I know You have me exactly where You want me to be, but sometimes I get so shortsighted that I can’t see the big picture. Allow me to make a difference and to impact others for You in the different areas of my life. If You find me lacking in any area, please help me develop the qualities You want in me to be successful for Your glory. Help me to be who You want me to be.
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