Answering the Call: For A Time Such as This

Published on Aug 31, 2023
Category: Devotion

Esther 4:14
For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Esther had risen to the powerful position of being the queen of Persia. She could have rested on her laurels and settled into her comfortable position. But she didn’t.

There arose a crisis in the land, involving her people, the Jews. A royal edict had been issued to have all the Jews in the land annihilated. Esther was called upon by Mordecai her cousin, to use her position and good offices to appeal to the King on behalf of her people. It was not an easy call. Choosing to act, for Esther, could even mean danger to her own life. But she did not shy away, she chose to act. She chose to use her position and power to be a blessing to her people.

What is God calling you to do today? Remember there are no accidents in God’s plan. All of life’s circumstances, and the talents you have, are given for a purpose. The purpose is, to be used by the Lord for His glory and purposes.  You and I have a choice to make. What has the Lord been burdening your heart with? What opportunities to serve Him have you been pretending not to hear or understand?

The Lord can achieve His purposes with or without you and me. He can raise up relief and deliverance for His people from many other places. Yet it is your privilege and mine to be used by the Lord and our choice to make. Do you have a rebellious heart? Would you respond in obedience to the call He is laying on your life today knowing there is no other way for a disciple?

Who knows whether you have been brought to this world and this stage in life, for a time such as this?

Give me Lord a heart that is sensitive to Your leading and obedient to Your calling, I pray. 

Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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