For Such a Time as This

One of my favorite Old Testament narratives is the book of Esther. Specifically, one of my favorite verses found within Esther is 4:13-14. But before we flesh out these verses, a little context will suffice.

Esther is a book of the Old Testament that is quite different from the other books. One reason is because God is not mentioned anywhere in the narrative, yet as one reads through the book, they soon realize that God is always there, and working for the good of His people.

The way God does this is through having His people right where He wants them at the exact time He wants them there. We see this with Esther, who was an exiled Jewish woman who one day found herself as the queen of Persia. When her cousin, Mordecai (who God also put in the right place at the right time), overheard a plot to annihilate the Jewish people, he found Esther and reminded her that she was not made queen to sit back and live the good life. She had a Kingdom purpose. He told her:

“Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than the other Jews. 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 4:13-14 (ESV)

Upon realizing this, Esther stuck her neck on the line and approached the king without being summoned. The move could have resulted in her execution, but God was with Esther, and she was able to thwart the attempt to annihilate the Jews.

This is why I have named this blog For Such A Time As This. I was reminded of this verse in thinking through how I could pivot the ways I teach due to today’s circumstances in order to further the Kingdom. And I’ll ask you to consider the same thing.

Consider that right now, you are exactly where God wants you to be. Today, you have the occupation that God wants you to have (given it’s not an immoral one). You have a family or friends or circle of influence that He has given you.

So the question is… what are you doing with what He’s entrusted to you? How are you using today’s circumstances for the good of those around you… and for the glory of King Jesus?

Remember, like Queen Esther, it’s no coincidence that you are where you woke up this morning. You and I are right where we need to be “for such a time as this.” So how will you use your time and influence for the furtherance of His Kingdom today?

One of the ways that I’m pivoting is through starting this website. I’ve always enjoyed resourcing those around me in order to help them grow spiritually. One of the many highlights throughout my years of ministry is whenever a former student of mine reaches out for my thoughts.

So I’ve created this website to be a resource for you to use. I’ll recommend books, blogs, podcasts, websites, and even let you know what I’m currently reading or studying at the time so we can have a discussion.

So please bookmark this site, save it, share it, etc. and check back soon for some more content as this is part of what I’m up to for such a time as this. And until next time, I’d like for you to consider how you will respond as well.

Published by Patrick Harmon

Executive Pastor @ First Baptist North Augusta

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