For Such a Time as This

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Do you ever think that God put you in your current situation or your current location for a specific purpose?

And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?

- Esther 4:14

Esther is a very interesting book in the Old Testament. God’s name is never mentioned, but His fingerprints are all over. Esther, a Jew, providentially becomes the Queen of Persia, the most powerful nation at that time. Her uncle, Mordecai, uncovers a conspiracy to destroy all the Jews. He gets word to Esther about this and challenges her with this information. He basically tells her not to think that because she has this cushy position of Queen that she will escape the annihilation of the Jews and then goes on to say that perhaps that is the exact reason God has placed her in that position, “for such a time as this.”

Do you ever think that God put you in your current situation or your current location for a specific purpose? Whether your situation or location is good, bad, tough, messy, blissful, perfect, temporary, permanent, etc, God has a specific purpose for your current situation and location. We have many seasons in our life. In each season, our ministry will look different. For example, a college aged person’s ministry is going to look much different from someone who is married and has children.  So often, we want our situation to be different or we don’t like the current place we’re living. We can long for what other people have (or don’t have) and we become unsatisfied with where the Lord has us. On the flip side, we can love the situation or location we are in, but aren’t aware of the opportunities to minister to others.

What if we changed our thinking? What if we embraced the moment and the location the Lord has us for this season of life? What if we looked at these two things as the Lord sees them? How would that change your view on this season of your life? Let us embrace this season and keep our eyes open for ways to minister to others.

Prayer:
Lord, thank you for where you have placed me. Thank you for this season of life I am in. Forgive me if I have complained or grumbled about this season. Open my eyes to see the ways in which I can only minister in this specific season and give me the courage and boldness to act on those opportunities. Help me to embrace this moment and this city you have me in right now.

Question:
How can you minister in this season or location in a way that you won’t be able to if your situation or location changes?

Challenge:
Take the answers to the previous question and make action steps to start ministering in this season of life. Also, read the book of Esther to see how the story unfolds!

Outreach Challenge:
Check out some local ministries in your area and figure out how you can serve them.

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