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For Such A Time As This

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The Scripture that keeps rolling around in my mind of late is the fairly well-known passage from Esther in which her uncle implores her to use her place of position to intercede on behalf of her people. Esther, orphaned and without any power of her own, rises to the place of Queen in her land simply because she is loved by the King. But God, who is ordaining all things, has brought Esther to this place of authority at just this time, that He might use her to bring about the salvation of His people.

The story has all the components of a fabulous drama and to be honest our daily lives have been interrupted by more drama than we were looking for. It makes me want to ask the question, “Why have you brought us to such a time as this?” Having the bird’s eye view that Scripture gives, we the Church can see that God brings us to such times for the same purpose: to bring about the salvation of His people.

God brings us to such times for the same purpose: to bring about the salvation of His people.

Yet that brings about another question: “How?” And that question I think will only be answered in prayer. I think we need to seek the Lord, earnestly imploring Him for opportunities to share the gospel in ways we may never have imagined, to people we may never have had the time for in our regular routines. Could we use our time of isolation to seek the Lord and pray to have His heart for our families, our neighbors, even the world? He is the one who, “…loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”(John 3:16) Maybe now is the time. Maybe, in fact, we were given this call for such a time as this.

- April Weber