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)
Your time is coming. What does that mean? What do you mean by saying that my time is coming? You are now in a period of waiting. You are now in a time of preparation. I’m confused. I don’t know what you are talking about. A time is coming when I will expect you to speak up. A time is coming when I will call you into action. A time is coming when an opportunity to be used by me will unfold before you. I don’t expect you to understand all that I am saying to you now. But, in this time of preparation be diligent. Don’t let this time of preparation go to waste. Apply yourself to my training. Allow me to mold and shape you. Allow me to teach and train you. Allow my training to sharpen you. You will be an instrument in my hand. I will use you to bear fruit for my kingdom. I will use you to bring glory to my name.
So, it seems that there are two things that I must do. I’m listening. First, I must allow you to prepare me to be used by you. This time of preparation is critically important. I must be diligent in allowing myself to be taught and trained by you. I must apply myself fully in allowing you to mold and shape and sharpen me as your instrument. That’s right. I should not become frustrated and discouraged by being in a time of waiting and preparation. I must not seek to pass through this time quickly. Your training will prepare me to do the work that you will give me to do for you. That’s correct.
What else must you do? When the timing is right, I must be prepared to act. I must not be timid. I must not be afraid. I must realize that you have been preparing and positioning me for a time such as this. You will be with me to help me. You will work in and through me. You will make me able to go and do the work that you have called me to do. You will give me the clarity and courage to speak up and take bold action when the timing is right. That’s right. You can count on it. I will use your life to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. Do your work in me. Prepare me and make me ready to serve you. Yes, I will.
Lord, as you know, sometimes I have been pretty dense and clueless about what you are calling me to do for you. At other times, I have been timid and fearful. Give me clarity and courage to speak up and take bold action in the opportunities you give to me. Amen
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