I’ve had days where I could see God at work in my life clearly. I wish I could say that was the norm, but there have been SO many more times when following God has been the simple consistency of seeking His Word, going to church, waiting for His direction and taking steps by faith.
In the Bible, Esther is an exiled Jew living in Babylon who marries King Ahasuerus. She is given a unique opportunity to rescue her people from imminent death due to an edict from her husband and Haman, the king’s power-hungry right hand man. Mordecai, her cousin and guardian, knows that her position could be exactly where God has placed her “for such a time as this.” Whether Esther confronts the king or not, Mordecai is confident in the deliverance of the Jews. Esther decides that she will approach the king despite the danger of rejection and death. She fasts and makes a plan to go before him.
Surprisingly, God isn’t mentioned in the book of Esther. Many people approach studying this book as looking for God’s “hidden hand.” Even in a quick read-through, you can see how God is at work to save his people. We see it more clearly because we get the whole story of both Esther AND the bigger story of God’s redemption through Jesus.
I don’t get to see the big picture of how my life–my mothering, my work, my relationships, my location, and how I spend my time–is uniquely set for “such a time as this.” But Psalm 139:16 tells me that God knows all “the days that were formed for me.” This brings purpose to the mundane. This is a clear picture of how God is and always has been at work in my life and yours. Esther could not have known all that God was up to. God was at work around her and she was willing to take a huge step of faith. The rest was out of her hands. We don’t need a complete picture to follow God in faith. Remember this: the God of the universe has the whole picture in view, you are on this earth “for such a time as this,” and your steps by faith are part of God’s story of rescue and redemption.
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