Strength and Courage for Such a Time as This

I recently did a retreat at the Crystal Bridges Tulip Trail flipping through the book of Esther. Typically, I relate this story with vacation Bible school days, and the heroic story of Esther being bold and saving her people. However, this day brought a fresh perspective to the nostalgic story.

Esther was brought into a role that called her to act with courage and boldness. She was selected by King Xerxes to participate in a year-long beauty pageant to become the next Queen of Susa. When the people of her home country were in danger of being wiped out by Haman, Esther found herself in a role where she could potentially save her people, but only by putting her own life in danger.

As Esther debated whether she should step up and say something to the King about the plan to destroy her people, her cousin Mordecai reminded her, “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?” (Esther 4:14)

Oftentimes, it is so easy for us to acknowledge God’s sovereignty and forget the role that the Lord has prepared for us here on Earth. Though the Lord makes known that everything will happen according to His plan, He also has planned for us to be a part of it. (Ephesians 2:10)

So why do we stray away from what the Lord has called us to do? Perhaps it is not an issue of being lazy or too good for the task, but that we don’t value ourselves enough to think that God wants to use us for the task before us. We not only lose sight of our worth, but God’s handiwork in creating us for a specific role.

Through the joys and pains – getting a promotion, losing an account, making a transition into a new career – the Lord placed YOU there for a specific purpose … for such a time as this.

Here are some thoughts of encouragement as you strive for God’s true purpose in your work.

  1. Know that you are enough. Whenever you doubt yourself, you are doubting the Lord. Instead, be bold and rise up to the roles He has equipped and designed you to take on.
  2. Turn to and rely on God. Esther called on Mordecai and her seven servant girls to fast with her for three days and nights. This allowed her to fully rely on the Lord’s strength, not her own. (Esther 4:16) The Lord prevails through our temptations and distractions. By pushing them aside, we are allowing the Lord to fully interrupt and take over our thoughts, body and soul. Take a moment to unplug, take a break, and rely on the Lord to lead you in the right direction in hard situations.
  3. Take action as God directs you to. Esther took the step to rise up, and she was rewarded with permission to write a decree in King Xerxes’ name that would allow the Jews to rise up against the attack of Haman’s army. (Esther 8:8)

When God calls us to something that may be “too big,” have faith and know that God will be by your side.

If we were created by the most High, then how can we fail? The Lord knows us and our capabilities. So when you find yourself in deep waters, or feeling that your job does not allow you to make the impact you thought it would, remember that God has designed you to be there, right at that time for a purpose.

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