Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "A Child Of The King"1 (Lyrics)
Esther 4:14b – Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (NKJV)
There have been times in my life when I didn't know what to do next. Sometimes, it was because everything was new, never having faced such decisions before. Years ago, the Board of Missions sent me to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to open a place to reach out to children off the street. Some of those children came from very poor surroundings. One such baby girl slept in the bottom drawer of the family dresser as they had no other bed to put her in. That was the first time that I had faced such terrible poverty. Another deaconess and I opened our house to the children off the street every afternoon. They piled into our living room, or did some handiwork on our dining room table. We shared all that we had with them and told them about Jesus. An Esther time had come in my life to face poverty and do something to help these needy children.
Like Esther, God may also have something special for you to do today. For me, that would be a scary thought until I take it as God's love doing something very good through me. What would it be? Perhaps we are facing a decision that is hard to make unless we can see God's hand in it. Maybe this is the moment that you have been created for. What a thought! "Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" What does God want you to do in His name today?
The urgent action now is to seize this moment! It takes courage and faith and trust in God's leadership to seize it. It also takes much prayer and God's Word to show us what Christians today should do. Is this God's time to prepare for change?
These days, we need to share the Christian faith with a not-too-interested society. How to do that is the question. How do we reach out during these modern days when few care about biblical truth? Yes, it is a scary time as churches close and many Christians are lost in the public domain. Are you thinking and praying about it? Perhaps this is the moment that you have been created for. God has prepared you and many others for this day.
If we believe, like Esther, that God made us for a moment in time such as this, we will reach out with inner strength, having prayed for God to direct us. With God's power, we can change the course of events for millions of believers. Yes, we may well have been created for such a time as this — today!
Prayer: Lord, we believe that with Your power, now is the time to act. Thank You for revealing Your will to us. We pray that Your Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of all of us, bringing about action that will urge others to follow You in these stressful days. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.