I slept in this morning. It was deliciously wonderful! I woke up to the smell of bacon which meant Bobby was busy making breakfast! The day outside my window was just so beautiful! A perfect early spring day with crystal blue skies, and chirping birds and pink blooms on the trees. Oh, how glorious! Then I remembered the world outside was upside-down!
That didn’t make the outside world any less beautiful, or the skies less crystal blue. The birds were still chirping and the trees were still petal-pink!
But the thought of a world-wide pandemic made my stomach churn! Yes, it is a scary and serious time for our whole world! Let’s just acknowledge that truth upfront! But I also want to tell you another truth…
GOD IS IN CONTROL
I love the book of Esther! It’s certainly a rags-to-queen-riches kind of story! But it is so much more than that! This fairytale story is true!
The real story takes place in a time God’s people, the Jews, were in exile from their land Israel and the Persian empire was ruling. It came about during this time they were in danger of being totally annihilated. They were in a very, very bad way!
Eventually, the fate of the Jews came to rest in the hands of a girl who had caught the eye of the king. So much so he had made her his queen.
Little did the king know that she was a Jew!
Earlier in the story this king, Ahasuerus, had been tricked by a wicked man Haman, who loathed the Jews. Ahasuerus was tricked into writing an edict that all the Jews were to be slaughtered!
For God’s chosen people the world was turned upside-down!
The Jewish queen, Esther, had a very wise uncle Mordecai who advised the queen to go before the king, unravel the evil plot of and beg for mercy.
Going before the king uninvited also meant almost certain death. Even for his queen!
Uncle Mordecai said to Esther…
FOR IF YOU REMAIN SILENT AT THIS TIME, RELIEF AND DELIVERANCE WILL ARISE FOR THE JEWS FROM ANOTHER PLACE AND YOU AND YOUR FATHER’S HOUSE WILL PERISH. AND WHO KNOWS WHETHER YOU HAVE ATTAINED ROYALTY FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS?
This story has a happy ending for Esther, her uncle Mordecai and the king. But not for the evil Haman!
You can read how this true story turns out in the bible. Or you can read it HERE. It’s really a wonderful true story!
We too have been placed here FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS. And even at this time and in our dire circumstances GOD IS IN CONTROL! Just as He was in control in Queen Esther’s time and in all times past. And will be in control in all times future and in eternity.
Let’s be real, yes there is a lot of bad and worry and angst and trouble in our world! But I have read and believed God’s word so I can be at peace.
I HAVE TOLD YOU THAT IN ME YOU MAY HAVE PEACE. IN THIS WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE. BUT TAKE HEART, I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD. John 16:33
So we, who believe and trust Jesus for our salvation from this world and its troubles CAN have peace!
Be comforted friends! You and I no matter what we are faced with can trust God and have peace! We are told upfront this world will always be full of trouble. But when we have a relationship with THE LORD Jesus the Messiah we can have peace.
The words, FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS keep rolling around in my mind these days. And I believe I am here FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS to bring glory to God and help others!
And so are YOU! You are also here FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!
Worry and its close cousin fear are thieves and time-wasters! Giving in to them shows a lack of faith and a belief in the lier of the world!!! Worry and fear can add NOTING to our lives! Worry and fear cannot change our circumstances but they keep us wallowing in them.
I may worry and I may be fearful. Those are the times I run to God’s Word for truth and peace! Only in Him are they found! God is Truth! And in Him alone is peace!
Instead of worrying about the upside-down world right now thank God that this is where you are right now because He is with you! Ask Him to show you how to be a joy and a comforter and a help.
We cannot change where we are but we can change how we think about it! We can align our minds with God’s truth, His word!
We can be a blessing because we are here FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!
I pray for you always, friends! Be safe and smart and trust God! xo