Have you ever just not wanted to do something? Have you ever said to God, “Lord please take this away from my path - perhaps you can give me something easier because honestly I may not survive it?”
A few days ago, I strolled into my library and picked up an old version of the book of Esther. I blew the dust off the cover and sat in for what I remembered to be a life-changing read. I noted the date and time I had last picked this up was March 9, 2013. Had it been that long since I had explored the difficult choice that beautiful Esther had been faced with? After allowing the spirit of God to breathe this saturated food into my soul, I realized we will continue to face difficult paths ahead.
Esther was given an opportunity because of the life God had portioned out for her, even before the beginning of time, for this was His plan. Esther, seemingly because of her beauty, was called to King Xerxes and soon crowned Queen. Her humility in the kingdom caused her to gain favor with the kingdom and with king Xerxes. Faced with the choice to stand up and give it all up because of her calling to fight to save her people, Esther chose to rise even in the paralyzing space she was confronted with. Esther stepped up to the challenge issued by Mordecai, who explained choice along with consequence. He confronts Esther with the truth and promise of God’s rescue: “for if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 5:14)
This brings me back to our faith, the gift we are given when we chose Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives. Faith is the foundation of our Christian lives. We see the topic weaved for us throughout the Bible: “without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6), and in Ephesians we understand faith to be something we attain, it is not something we accomplish on our own. Faith is part of the armor of God, how we go about protecting ourselves from the “flaming arrows of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16).
What if we sat on a stool of expectancy? What if our childlike faith stayed in awe of who God is and where He’s going to take us? When you have that kind of mindset, when you look through a different lens, you realize it doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, you’re going to keep walking in faith.
Unlike Esther, we are not faced with ancient Kings and Kingdoms, but we take delight to have been chosen by God to work for Him. Is God calling you to something difficult? Praise him! What if it pours out toward revival that may lead others to Christ? Ultimately, our lives are His: “and he that wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30). It just might be that BIG. We don’t know, but we must be willing, because of our faith, to wait in the opportunity of expectancy as we journey together For Such a Time as This.