Esther was a beautiful young Jewish girl growing up in the foreign land of Persia.
Her life was filled with drama, power, romance, deception, and intrigue. Her life story would have made a great novel or Hallmark movie! You can read the story of her remarkable life in the Old Testament book that bears her name.
Against her will, Esther was placed in the harem of the Persian king. Her true identity was kept secret, and she was eventually chosen to be the queen. With the help of her godly, adopted father Mordecai, she realized God had placed her where she was “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). She recognized the sovereignty of God at work in her life, seized the opportunity given her, and thousands of Jewish lives were saved. Her life made a difference, and so can yours! God gave you life and has specific plans for you.
The many chapters of your life will find you in various places, circumstances, and alongside many different people. You may find yourself in a hospital room, in a jail, you may lose your job, or have to move to a new location. God, in his sovereignty, placed you there, or allowed you to be there, for reasons perhaps only known to him. All too often, our focus is on what is going on around us, on our difficulties, and how we can find relief. No matter where God places you, no matter what sickness you may have, no matter what political unrest or pandemic surrounds you, your focus should be on how God can get glory through your life right now, right where you are.
Don’t fail to see God at work in your life and how He may use you “for such a time as this” to bring glory to Himself.
“Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” (Psalms 29:1-2)
“Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.” (1 Chronicles 16:24)
The story of Esther is exciting, interesting and inspiring, one that brought honor and glory to God. You and I have a life story as well, and chapter 2021 is being written right now. What will it say when this chapter closes, and will it bring glory and honor to God?