For Such a Time as This

Have you found yourself in seasons of life where you felt inadequate or unprepared? Perhaps you questioned what God was calling you to do and whether you should do it. Well,  I’m with ya! So many times in my life I have I stood on the platform God has given me, scratching my head in disbelief wondering why He chose me? I’m not good enough. I don’t have enough experience. I’m totally unprepared for this. Don’t you know God where I’ve come from? These are all thoughts that have circulated through my head more times than I can count.

Lately I’ve been reminded of Esther from the Bible. If you’re not too familiar with her story, here is the super condensed version in a nutshell.  She was an orphaned Jewish girl who became the Persian queen and was used by God to deliver the Jews (I know, that’s a lot packed in one sentence!). This girl had all the odds stacked up against her, yet God chose her despite who she was and where she came from. As I read through the book of Esther, her story is one of great obedience and sacrifice at all costs.

God is calling us to move forward obediently so that He can work miraculously.

Her story not only proves that God will show up in all circumstances, but it proves that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, God can and will use you to further His plan.

Esther 4:14 reads:

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

What is it that we can learn from Esther’s great story?

Don’t remain silent.

If Esther would have remained silent, God would’ve used someone else; deliverance for the Jews was inevitable, however, He desired to use her. Her silence would’ve equated disobedience. Instead, she obediently stepped in her God-sized role and in doing so, God used her in furthering His plan for the Jewish people.

How many times have you found yourself in a similar situation (minus the whole Queen of Persia gig)? I remember when God  called me into girl’s ministry, I basically went in kicking and screaming because let’s be honest, girls can be emotional (sometimes) and the last thing I wanted was to sit through a cry fest every time we met (or so I thought). I cringed at the idea of a bunch of girls gathering to discuss their issues. That was so foolish of me. I was so close to saying no, yet the pull from God was too heavy for me to ignore. And I’m glad I was obedient to His call in my life. The last few years of working in girls ministry at home and overseas has been an incredibly fruitful one and I have had the opportunity to witness God move in indescribable ways.

God is calling us to move forward obediently so that He can work miraculously. Don’t stay silent when He tells you to speak. Don’t stay still when He tells you to go. Say yes.

Don’t hold back the deliverance that lies ahead because of the insecurities that lie within.

You are enough.

God can you use despite who you are and where you came from. Esther was positioned Queen despite the fact that she was an orphan and a Jew. Who you were and where you came from was held in high regard doing that time. But what God wanted to accomplish wasn’t contingent upon who she was.

God doesn’t care where you came from or whether you have enough experience. Allow God to weave together the fabric of your background into a platform of redemption, into a story of praise and into a mountain of a miracle. God can and will use you to carry out His mighty plan. He wants to use you greatly despite who you are. Period. End of story. Esther felt the burden of her people and was determined to champion their deliverance despite where she came from. In the same way, God will use you strategically in carrying out His plan. Let him use you. Don’t hold back the deliverance that lies ahead because of the insecurities that lie within.

What we deposit here and now doesn’t require a royal position or a stage, it merely requires obedience.

The time is now.

Whatever season you are walking through know that it is “for such a time as this.”

If you’re a parent clawing your way through the days sleep deprived and exhausted know that it is for such a time as this. If you’re single, rock this season for Jesus pointing others to Him for such a time as this. If you’re broken, allow the pieces of your heartbreak to work together for God’s greater purpose for such a time as this.

For such a time as this has He positioned you  in this very season so that you and others can have a divine encounter with Him. For such a time as this He is calling us to charge the gates of Heaven with greater passion and purpose because people’s lives depend on it. What we deposit here and now doesn’t require a royal position or a stage, it merely requires obedience.

The time to live intentionally  in the position that you have been placed in is now. God is calling you to do what He wants you to do despite your fears, exhaustion, worries, or personal background. And He wants you to do it NOW.

Step into your Esther-sized calling confidently and boldly because God is going to use you radically for SUCH A TIME AS THIS.

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