The Old Testament book of Esther gives the account of a Jewish girl who became queen in the nation that had conquered her people. The King did not know she was a Jew when he consented to the order to destroy all her people. If she remained silent, her people would suffer. If she went to the King without being sent for, she could die. A difficult time. A difficult choice. There is more to the telling than I can relate here, but her uncle sent word to her saying “Who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”(4:14) I thought as I read this again how many people have come into my life at strategic times. The college dean who set me on the right path that saved my career. The pastor whose preaching touched my heart at the right time and changed the direction of my life. And on and on. These were sent “for such a time as this”. Think about your own life, and as you identify those who have had a positive influence in past years, give thanks. Rejoice in the hand of the Lord who has used His servants (they would not have thought of themselves as that) to direct your life. Sometimes the Lord seems far off and silent, but He has many who speak for Him to guide our way into the path of life. Give humble thanks and know that our Lord will never leave or forsake you.
In the Book of Esther, the Jewish queen in the pagan capital of Persia found herself in the position of being the only one who could plead for the lives of her people before the king. Read the book again sometime. It is a great account of courage and God’s providence. Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, says to her, “Who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” An interesting thought. God knew us before we were born. Did He choose the time, place, and family of our birth for His purpose, and a task that we are to accomplish? We need to be careful with making general rules out of one or two verses, but it does help us to think about our lives. God does have a purpose for each of us. Our first and over all purpose is to bring glory to His name in all we do. But He has given each of us particular abilities, personalities, and desires that fit us for certain tasks. He has given each of us gifts to use in His service. Who knows but that we are called to use those gifts for such a time as this? Keep the eyes of your heart open to the possibilities our Lord lays before you.