Updated: Aug 13
Esther 4:14 “For 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?”
Do you know that you were created for a purpose? A divine purpose—a purpose that is rarely about you. A purpose that you are called to fulfill. Given the year we just had, it is easy to get distracted and weighted down with the burdens that we’ve had to face. Some of you are exhausted, at the breaking point, unsure of the future and ready for the pandemic to be over. Maybe you’re worried about your families and heartbroken over sick or lost family members and friends. Many may be insecure about virtual platforms and frustrated with home learning; growing weary of the ever changing climate of work, home, and school, growing even more concerned about social injustice and political feuds. The mental anguish of the pandemic is a reality that will play out for years to come.
Here’s what I know. Here’s what I am sure of. We serve a God who is sovereign over all the earth and is reigning on the Throne right now. Even now when we may not see it or feel it or even believe it. God is present, and He isn’t fooled or overcome with the circumstances we are facing. Instead, God wants us to lift up our eyes and get our strength from the Creator of heaven and earth—Elohim. God created you for a purpose. What if you are in your exact role at work or at home or in the community for such a time as this? Just as Esther found herself in a position of influence, what if you were created for today, for this pandemic? Created to care for each other. What if you were created for that last conversation with someone for their time here on earth? What if you were created to lift up a fellow co-worker who is at their breaking point? What if you were created to help your children through a time in history that likely won’t be repeated in their lifetime? What if you were created to deliver soup or send a word of encouragement to someone who is physically or emotionally hurting? What if you were created to connect with and offer assistance to that person in the store who was deciding between buying meat or milk because they didn’t have money for both? What if you were created to communicate knowledge and truth to your family and neighbors who are functioning out of fear and misinformation? What if you were created to cultivate hope and spread love to those in your sphere of influence? What if….
What if you were created for such a time as this?
I have to think that Esther questioned and asked “why”. “Why was I separated from my family, my home and everything I knew? Why am I here?” At the time when it mattered most, Esther put her doubts aside and overcame her fear to literally save an entire population of people. If Esther didn’t rise above the mess of her circumstances and stand in the gap for the entire Jewish people, then certain disaster would have occurred, and an entire race would have been destroyed.
God will give us the strength, courage, and wisdom that we need to carry out our purpose here on earth. God will never leave you or forsake you. God has equipped you for your purpose. God gives you supernatural power to overcome the challenges of this world. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3). God does not promise us an easy, problem free life. However, He does promise that He will be with us every step of the way. As you soldier further into 2021, walk in your divine purpose and get your strength from the supernatural power of the cross! In God, you are enough. You are loved.