This past Sunday, I shared a story from the book of Esther. Check it out below.
Esther 4:13-14 New Living Translation (NLT)
13 Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “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?”
In this scripture, Esther had been declared Queen by King Xerxes, and had just found out her people (Nation Israel) were going to be slaughtered on a specific date. Her cousin Mordecai calls on her to go to the King, and beg for the lives of her people. Suggesting that she had been placed as Queen for “Such a time as this.”
Wow. What a crazy situation. Is it possible, that God had set things in motion years in advance just so that Esther would be in the palace for that specific moment??
Does God really do that stuff??
In the end, Mordecai was correct, God had placed Esther there for that specific moment. Her courage saved generations of Jews.
If you are looking for a great place to start reading the Old Testament, Esther is one of those books that you can’t stop reading!! Dig into it!
Here are a few takeaways from that specific scripture.
#1 Never doubt that God can put you somewhere for a specific reason.
I struggle with this a lot. As a bivocational minister, I spend lots of time outside the church working. I get frustrated with God, because I don’t want to be spending so much time there. But, every time I am about to complain, God show’s me what he is up to. Don’t doubt, bloom.
#2. Don’t Ignore the “Mordecai’s” that God places in your life.
When I think of Mordecai, I imagine that he was a strong, wise, stalwart man of God. That’s the kind of people I try to surround myself with. And when the speak, I listen. God will often give you folks that have waaaay more experience than you, to help you through tough times, and speak life into you. Listen when they speak.
#3. Prepare for rain.
In the movie “Facing the Giants, there is a scene where the football coach is feeling defeated. In the midst of this, an older man (his Mordecai) comes in and gives him a word from God that he really needs to hear;
“Grant, I heard a story about two farmers who desperately needed rain. And both of them prayed for rain, but only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain?” Well, the one prepared his fields for it. Which one are you? Mr. Bridges continued. “God will send the rain when He’s ready. You need to prepare your field to receive it.”
Wow! what a powerful reminder!! Preparing for the rain that God will send, is an act of faith. And a hard one at that. But I believe its something we have to do. If we believe that God has placed us in a specific place for a specific time, then we have to live like he is going to deliver on his promises! God will send the rain, we have to prepare our fields to receive it!
God is in the business of doing the impossible. If we believe, then act on it, something incredible will happen.
Prepare your fields, the rain is coming.
What do you think?
Till next week,