Devotional 12th April 2018
You are here for a purpose
Mordecai sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape…..Who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:9-16 (NIV)
I find Esther’s story challenging. Life can seem very humdrum at times and that's as true for me as anyone else even though I am in an ‘exciting’ itinerant ministry. The grassroots of that ministry is washing or packing with the intermittent highs of seeing someone meet with the Lord in some wonderful way.For most of us, mundane tasks far outweigh anything else.Maybe like me you sometimes think: ‘Is it all worth it?’
Esther also experienced the dullness of routine. After all the months of anticipation, beauty treatments, the heady exhilaration of being chosen as queen and the fanfare of celebrations, now it was the humdrum living out her life between each royal summons. ‘Thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the King.’ (v:11)
But there is always a bigger picture that God alone can see and that incredibly he has set us in place for. Life is fragile. It may not be that our whole nation is in threat of annihilation as with Esther but with daily news of stabbings, child abuse, political corruption, terrorist attacks or recession…, we can either react by hiding our faces as was Esther’s first reaction, or hear in our own hearts: “who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”(v:14)
Mordecai’s prophetic words changed Esther into a woman of tremendous courage. She stopped saying ‘I can’t’ and started praying: ‘Lord what can I do? Through prayer she received the strength to identify with her people whatever the cost. God didn’t turn her into a great stateswoman; instead he used her womanly gifts of beauty, homemaking and understanding to totally defeat the enemy’s strategy. It was a role that, in that moment, only she could fulfil.
How does God want to use you today?
“God wants just you, yes no one else will do. Listen to him call you by name. You were in his plan before the world began, and he longs that you live your life for him.”
'God has a plan for you’ © Marilyn Baker