This is a fairly well-known story among Bible readers. The decree to kill the Jews is made and Uncle Mordecai asks Esther to go before the king on behalf of her people to seek help. She is afraid that she will be killed and is reluctant, at first, to go. But Mordecai challenges her with those immortal words, “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such time as this?” (4:14)
Perhaps that’s a question we ought to ask ourselves more often. Does it have to be only a one-time thing? When we are faced with helping that person who is needy and we are in a position to do something, is it possible that God has put us there “for such a time as this?” When there is an opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a lost friend or family member, maybe just maybe, God has put us there “for such a time as this.” When we are faced with resisting temptation not only for our own good but also for the good of those around us, could it also be that we have come to that moment “for such a time as this?”
It’s a good question to ask. And I believe the answer will usually be “yes.”
Prayer: Father, help me to be aware of those divine appointments in my life where you have orchestrated the events and timing. Help me to be strong and courageous in doing what will honor you the most. Help me to constantly be discerning of the opportunities you give me.