For Such a Time as This
By Debbie McDaniel, crosswalk.com
“And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14
God is the only One, who has the power to turn trials into blessings. Don’t ever doubt that He is Able. Nothing is impossible with Him.
He’s always at work even when we can’t see the whole story, even when things look uncertain.
And that sets the stage for great things to happen, “…for such a time as this.” – Esther 4:14
Queen Esther had a choice. When Mordecai sent word to her about the great danger their people were facing, she could have simply tried to save herself. She could have kept quiet. Just hoped for the best, or turned the other way. But she and Mordecai both knew that God had given her great purpose in her position. She was wise, she made a plan, she didn’t stay stuck in fear or worry, she prayed and fasted, and asked for their people to do the same. She was willing to act, to follow God’s lead, to save the lives of her people, even if it meant she might lose hers. (Read the whole story in the book of Esther)
Though our current situations may look different than what Esther faced, we might still be struggling with great fear or uncertainty. The future may look dark. A hard diagnosis or recent loss may have sent us spiraling. Yet often God places us in positions of influence, or in strategic locations, with great purpose in mind. Many times, the places where we find ourselves is not really “all about us.” It’s about Him. It’s about His bigger plan.
May God help us to follow His lead, believing that His timing is perfect, remembering that He’s always faithful.
If you find yourself facing times of trouble or testing right now, be assured that God is at work in your situation. He’s working within you, and on your behalf in all the events that surround you, no matter how difficult. In whatever we face, God is still on the throne. He is powerful, nothing is too difficult for Him.
Keep your eyes fixed on the Lord, He will not fail you, or leave you to struggle through on your own. Not ever.
And He is faithful to turn our pain into greater purpose, in our own lives, and for those around us.
Through The Bible Devotions
Genesis 15:10-12 (NIV) 10Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. 11Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away. 12As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.
God entered into a covenant that was an ancient ritual in Abram’s day. It was to verify an inheritance or to confirm an alliance. Animals were cut in half, and each party would walk through the blood. They were in picture saying, “If either party breaks the agreement (covenant) let us be like these animals, chopped in half and our blood shed.” In this case, God alone walked through the blood while Abram was in a deep sleep. It meant that God had promised to pay with His own blood if either party broke the agreement.
The parties involved would often exchange weapons. That meant that your enemies are now mine and mine are yours. We will fight beside and for each other. They would also exchange their purses. Your wealth is available to my need and mine for yours. Again, since Abraham did not go through the blood, this is a very one-sided agreement. God has committed Himself to protect and provide for Abraham and his descendents. What a promise for Abraham and his heirs, who we are by faith! (Galatians 3:29)
Sometimes the covenant had to be reconfirmed if there was doubt as to the commitment of either party. The confirming of the covenant would be to exchange sons. The son of Abram was offered on Mount Moriah, and so was the Son of God. God so loved the world He gave His one and only Son. Abram’s descendants did break the covenant over and over. Eventually when the perfect time had come, God did pay with His own blood on the cross.
Meditation: God is my Protector and my Provider. He confirmed His covenant by giving His own Son. What a gracious God!
“I will … teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle.” – Psalm 32:8-9 NIV
The Bible makes it clear: God wants to bless and protect us. He longs to instruct and guide us. But if we want these blessings, we need to cooperate with Him and do things His way.
Tragically, some people are like the horse or mule, animals led from place to place by a bit and bridle. Like these animals, many people refuse to cooperate with Him and reject His instructions. Some think He is a tyrant or just don’t recognize how much He loves them and wants the best for them.
The Bible reminds us that God has a plan for our lives and wants us to fulfill our potential. But this means cooperating with Him, like a good pupil who willingly cooperates with an expert teacher. Don’t resist His help or be reluctant but be eager to learn from Him, to do things His way.
We also need to recognize that God desires that we mature as people and Christians. He wants us to advance from being infants to spiritual maturity. This means that He might lead us to new experiences and challenges. The choice is up to us. We can cooperate and let Him teach us. Or we can be like the horse and mule that are stubborn and closed-minded.
In your life, decide to cooperate with God. Surrender your life to Him. Seek to obey His Word. Let Him guide you.
The sin of unbelief
By: Charles Spurgeon
“And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the Lord should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.” 2 Kings 7:19
Suggested Further Reading: John 20:24-29
“Thou shalt shall see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.” It is so often with God’s own saints. When they are unbelieving, they see the mercy with their eyes, but do not eat it. Now, here is corn in this land of Egypt, but there are some of God’s saints who come here on the Sabbath, and say, “I do not know whether the Lord will be with me or not.” Some of them say, “Well, the gospel is preached, but I do not know whether it will be successful.” They are always doubting and fearing. Listen to them when they get out of the chapel. “Well, did you get a good meal this morning?” “Nothing for me.” Of course not. Ye could see it with your eyes, but did not eat it, because you had no faith. If you had come up with faith, you would have had a morsel. I have found Christians, who have grown so very critical, that if the whole portion of the meat they are to have, in due season, is not cut up exactly into square pieces, and put upon some choice dish of porcelain, they cannot eat it. Then they ought to go without, until they are brought to their appetites. They will have some affliction, which will act like quinine upon them: they will be made to eat by means of bitters in their mouths; they will be put in prison for a day or two until their appetite returns, and then they will be glad to eat the most ordinary food, off the most common platter, or no platter at all. But the real reason why God’s people do not feed under a gospel ministry, is because they have not faith. If you believed, if you heard only one promise, that would be enough.
For meditation: The unbeliever needs to hear in order to believe (Romans 10:14); the believer needs to believe in order to hear.