And who knows, but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?
Esther 4:14 (NIV)
Time, such a precious thing becoming even more valuable as it passes. Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it has become a memory.
We have all experienced the value of a single moment in time. Esther had a rare and valuable moment, one that defined her faith and trust in the one who orchestrated her life for such a time as this.
Esther only 14 at the time and chosen as Queen of Persia. Following Mordecai’s wise instructions to never reveal her backstory to anyone in the palace, fearful of being found out for there had been a decree to wipe her people from the face of the earth.
Remaining true to herself, her people, and her God. Finding favor with the King she went from questioning what she was doing there and fearful for her own life, to risking her very life to save them all.
I’ve always enjoyed reading the transition from chapter 4 to chapter 5:1. Esther crawled into a prayer closet to have time with her Lord and as she fasted and prayed, so did her people along with her, but when the valuable time had ended she exited with her LORD and with a plan to save them all.
With prayer comes great clarity. When we truly humble ourselves before God and recognize Him and His authority. That is when God can utilize us best for our defining moment.
God has given us the gift of time. More time together as families. More time together with Him. He has orchestrated our lives in such a way to slow us down and desires for us to draw near and look to our LORD for clarity.
How do you spend your time? I want to spend mine seeking clarity and closeness with the one who is truly in control of everything we are witnessing today.
May we recognize the opportunity for our own defining moments and share the love of Christ with those around us. Change takes place within the heart. I pray for unity and for hatred to end.
Our society has sadly lost sight of the precious value of human life. America will never heal until her people kneel, repent, and let God in. We must stand in faith together and shine so brightly that the darkness must run for cover.
We do that by loving our neighbor as we love ourselves. Who is your neighbor? Anyone God chooses to place in your path regardless of backstory, skin color, status, or anything else that places them into a category other than Gods creation. We love because He first loved us.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
I John 4:7-8