For Such A Time As This

At Pit Stop (middle school youth group) last night, I taught on Esther. I love the story of Esther. If you’re not familiar with the story, I’d highly encourage you to take some time to read it soon. It’s a short book. You can easily read it in one sitting. VeggieTales also did a great job telling the story :). The story is full of exciting plot development, a little bit of irony, and the triumph of good over evil.

The thing that I love the most about the story is a verse from chapter 4. Esther has sort of gone from rags to riches and finds herself in the royal palace. The King chooses her to be his Queen. The King is tricked into decreeing the extermination of the Jews (not knowing Esther is a Jew). Esther’s cousin, Mordecai, gets word to Esther and persuades her to help. That’s where we find the following verse:

“And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14b

Mordecai reminds Esther that there are no mistakes with God! Perhaps the position she finds herself in as Queen is for this very moment where she has the opportunity to save her people. I want to live my life with that statement in mind. Each day I’ve been given opportunities to be a witness for God, to make an impact for His kingdom.

Who knows but that I ended up in this grocery line next to this individual for such a time as this.

Who knows but that I share this seat on the train, bus, plane, with this individual for such a time as this.

Who knows but that I ended up at this coffee shop/restaurant for such a time as this.

I’m challenged by the story of Esther to look for Divine appointments in my everyday. I hope you will as well.