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 royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 (NIV)
A Time Such As This
Is this a special time? Have you been preparing me for a time such as this? That’s a very good question. Do you have an answer for me? What do you think? I’m not sure. Can you imagine what I want you to do? I’m guessing that you want me to always live with these questions. That’s a very good guess. You want me to think about what you want me to say and do at this time and in every moment of my life. There is not a time or moment when you don’t want me to be ready to speak and to act. You will continually give me things to say and do for you. Yes, I will. There are no times that aren’t special to you. All the time you have given to me is to be used for your kingdom and glory. Yes, I do want you to be ready to serve me at all times. Don’t ever think that you are off duty. I get that.
You must also know that I will be teaching and training and preparing you for special times of ministry. You will not know what is coming next. You will not know how I will use you. You must trust that I will use you. You must believe that I have been preparing you. I will use one thing after another to prepare you for what I will give you to say and do for me. You must not lose heart while you wait for the opportunities that I will give to you. Keep a watchful eye open. Give a listening ear to what you hear. Be ready and willing to serve me. Don’t run ahead of me. Don’t lag behind me. Follow me to where I lead you. Don’t shrink back when your opportunity to serve me unfolds before you. Remember that I have been teaching you. Remember that I have been training you. Remember that I have been preparing you for “a time such as this”. You will be able to look back and see and know how I have made you ready. I will have made everything to fall in place so that you can go and serve me. Make sure that you are ready and willing to say yes to me when your calling for “a time such this” is upon you. Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, thank you for preparing me for the role in which you have placed me. I will watch and wait and listen so that I will know what you have given me to say and do for you. Use me to bless others as I bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen
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