For such a Time as This…

6 09 2009

As we approach this fall there is a new round of studies but the study last spring is still in my heart and mind…

Giant-Sized Obstacles: Esther and Her People

 Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Esther 4:14

 In the introduction of the book Thirteen Days, former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara wrote of the pressure felt inside the White House during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. He called it “a period of the most intense strain I have ever operated under.”

 Queen Esther could have said the same during the royal crisis that jeopardized her life and the lives of Jewish people everywhere during the days of the Persian Empire. Out of nowhere, a giant crisis emerged that put her under the most intense strain she had ever operated under. Her one assurance, relayed to her by Mordecai, was that God had anticipated this giant in advance; and, in His providence, had placed her on the throne to deal with it.

 Sometimes we find ourselves in a period of intense strain. It’s important to remember that God has anticipated it, and He has prepared us “for such a time as this.” He will give strength for the strain and wisdom for the crisis.

 When God can do what He will with a man, the man may do what he will with the world.
George MacDonald

 Recommended Reading: Esther 4:13-17

* This came from Turning Point Magazine – David Jeremiah