A Hard Act to Follow

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I feel like Esther could have been part of the last series about how to follow God when you don’t fit in. Here she was, a good Jewish girl whose parents died after being exiled from Israel to Babylon, leaving her to grow up in her Uncle Mo’s household. Suddenly, she finds herself in the palace of King Xerxes, and the next thing you know, she’s the new queen! Talk about a girl’s dreams coming true! But, she hardly settles in before the villain of our story appears—that evil Haman! He has it in for Esther’s uncle and the rest of the Jews living in Persia. Haman sets a plan in motion that would lead to the destruction of the Jews if nothing was done. And it appears that God has positioned Esther to intervene!

There’s always something, isn’t there? That fly in the ointment. You get into that college. You finally get the job you always wanted. The person you want to marry says yes. You get the loan for that house, that car, that boat. You feel like maybe you are set up for the life you’ve always dreamed of, but life seldom has a fairy tale outcome. Circumstances rear up that demand a response and a decision. Will I put God first, or will I opt out?

The outcomes of our choices are not usually as severe as Esther’s might have been. When Mordecai told her about the edict Haman had issued under the king’s seal and told her what she must do, she replied, “All the king’s officials and even the people in the provinces know that anyone who appears before the king in his inner court without being invited is doomed to die unless the king holds out his gold scepter. And the king has not called for me to come to him for thirty days” (Esther 4:11).

But Mordecai’s response to her says it all.

 

Esther 4:13-14
13 Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this? (emphasis added)

 

For just such a time as this. What a phrase, so filled with a need for introspection. It is about asking, begging God for clarity! When your “for such a time as this” moment comes, do you know what you’ll decide? You can know. You can decide here and now that what you answer, regardless of the question, will bring honor and glory to God. Your choice probably won’t bring physical death, as it might have for Esther. But it could result in the death of a dream, the death of what you thought you would have when you got that job, or you married that person, or bought that _____ (fill in the blank). You can trust that God has a better, bigger plan for your life, one you will only find if you choose to follow him. That’s what Esther chose! I hope you read her story! It’s right up there with the stories by John Grisham and James Patterson! Worth the read, and worth consideration of the question, “Where now has God placed ME for such a time as this?”

 


Question:  

How do you answer that question? Are you willing to believe that God has a better plan for your life than the one you imagined?

 

Next Steps:  
Pray and ask God what’s next for you and him. Listen. Commit.

 

Participate in 21 Days of Prayer. You can find out more at cedarcreek.tv/21days. (Download the personal prayer guide. Share a request for prayer. Download the parent resource)

Prayer:
Lord God, I am inspired by the story of Esther, who showed up in a tough place because you called her. Help me show up to the hard places you have called me. I want to be used by you to further your kingdom, for your honor and glory. Thank you for putting me in the place I am now, for such a time as this! Amen.

 

21 Days of Prayer – Day 5
Today’s Prayer Focus: Our World – Pray for the life-giving message of Jesus to be spread throughout our world.

Together let’s pray for churches around the world and for the pastors who care and shepherd these churches. Pray also for leaders to be developed throughout the world, leaders that will start new churches that will continue to spread the life-giving message of Jesus.

 

21 Days of Prayer -Day 6 (Saturday)
Today’s Prayer Focus: This weekend’s church services: Pray for each guest to be ready and open to receive what God offers this weekend.

Together let’s pray for our weekend services. We pray that each and every guest is open to receiving from God this weekend. We pray for Casey as he shares God’s truth about who God designed us to be and how there is potential in our personalities.

 

21 Days of Prayer – Day 7  (Sunday)
Today’s Prayer Focus: Next Steps – Praying for people to take their next steps on their spiritual journey.

Together let’s pray for individuals to understand the vision God has for their life and to grow in the areas of Knowing God, Finding Freedom, Discovering Purpose and Making a Difference.

 


This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people who God used to start CedarCreek 21 years ago, and was on staff until 2013. She and her husband Mike love to travel the country in their motor home with their kitties Jane & Mary. Lauri is passionate about prayer, and about helping women discover who they are in Christ. She doesn’t tweet but you can follow her and Mike’s adventures on Facebook.


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1 reply
  1. Josh Brossia
    Josh Brossia says:

    Thanks Lauri!
    I like how Uncle Mo basically says to Esther – God’s will is going to happen, but you’ve been put here to step in and make a difference now.

    It’s awesome to know that we can play a role in the speed at which God’s will comes to fruition.

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