For Such A Time As This
I thought of something randomly as I was going back home from work just recently.
I don’t know if any of you has ever contemplated why God has you stationed specifically at the place where you are serving or working presently. That is, that it is not an accident that you are in the place where you currently are at this moment in time (especially if you are a child of God).
Seated in a matatu while in motion, I was observing people from the window and I saw multitudes of men and women going on about their businesses, and I wondered to myself, “why didn’t God choose that person to do what I am currently doing (i.e. serving where I am at this exact moment)?”
I mean, He could have chosen somebody else if He willed to because we are almost eight billion people in the world today. Yet, He specifically zeroed in on me for this particular task.
Think about that for a moment. God thought about all those other billion people in the world and thought: “He/she is perfect for the job.”
Indeed, this has to be the greatest honor of all time if not the most fearful responsibility.
These mind wonderings led me to think of Esther, the Queen of Persia.
Out of all the Jewish women living in Persia, God specifically thought of her. His eye was on her and His divine hand worked specially and specifically to have her chosen as the Queen of Persia. God had a special task for her to carry out; a task for which the entire Jewish nation was dependant.
Why was it important for her to be born as a Jew at that specific time in history? Because she had a job to do and she was the only one perfect for the job.
24 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.
26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,
27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’
It is possible that God would have raised somebody else to accomplish the task if she failed to rise up to the occasion because His word has declared that His purposes and His will cannot be thwarted.
Nevertheless, Esther was His first and best choice. And she did rise to the occasion, becoming one of the greatest intercessors for her people (the Jews) in history; who to-date, commemorate the events recorded in the book of Esther by celebrating the feast of Purim every year.
The reason I thought to write this was to remind us all that God does not make mistakes. He has placed us divinely, timely, and exactly where He desires and needs us to be. Could be that the salvation of a people are dependant on our witness and living for Jesus Christ. And how great a responsibility and task that is indeed!
2 Corinthians 5
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
It is easy for us to be self-deceived into thinking that we are of no value in this world; that we are only but another statistic. But that is a lie from the pit of hell! You and I have a purpose, a purpose to live a life of purity, holiness and godliness, and to live it in such a way that we attract the world to the source of our godly living: Jesus Christ.
God has called us to be His messengers and ambassadors of Jesus Christ at such a time as this. Whether He has you placed in a company, at a school, at a hotel or restaurant, in the market place, a garage, whether you are a mother, a father, a lawyer, an artist, a doctor, a fruit vendor…it doesn’t matter. What matters is will you rise to the occasion? Will you be God’s chosen instrument and weapon in this generation?
14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
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Okay… Let’s just be honest, whenever most people hear anything about religion, their first reaction and instinct is probably to cringe or brush off the whole matter entirely.
Why? Most likely because it is a subject that is associated with extreme cases of fanaticism, it brings about a lot of conflicts and controversies, and even offends easily.
Religion is famously known for: manipulation, stagnation, repression, ignorance, bigotry and is too often a threat to liberty. And rightly so. I do agree. With that said, I recommend you to read two of my posts as well as encourage you to do a personal, extensive, and honest research on your own regarding this matter. Why?
As intellectuals (critical thinkers), I believe we owe it to ourselves to interrogate, examine, and ask hard questions regarding matters touching on faith rather than choosing to ignore them or even worse— follow blind faith. Click here for the first post.
Who speaks the truth with regards to a genuine, sincere and true relationship with God? Is it Buddha? Muhammad? Jesus? Zoroaster? Confucius? Joseph Smith? Guru Nanak? Krishna? Among others? Find out on this second post:
My heart overflows with a goodly matter; I speak the things which I have made touching the king: My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Psalms 45:1
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