This is Where We Belong!
Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11
God created you for a divine appointment - a unique role to fulfill in your life - just like Esther! There is something you can do for God that no one else can do - a God-given niche only you can fill.
I don’t know what you think of when I say the words “key player in God’s plan” - probably someone in vocational ministry - but I hope you’ll start to think of the man or woman in the mirror. Of all His millions of children, you are the one God has positioned to rescue the people around you.
Like that Jewish girl placed in a strategic spot, you’ve been placed where you are “for such a time as this.” Think with me about three big ideas today.
You are where you are for such a time as this because…
1. God’s people are in distress.
In 538 BC, the Jews who were exiled in Persia were allowed to return to Jerusalem to rebuild their temple. But many exiles were reluctant to leave the relative security of Persia. The Persian Empire was huge, and the capital city was Susa -- located on the current borders between Iraq and Iran -- which was inhabited by thousands of Jews.
Against this backdrop, the story of Esther unfolds. The Persian King decreed that he wanted a new Queen. So a search began. All the beautiful young girls in the Empire were eligible to be the new queen.
Now, Esther was a poor, Jewish orphan. Her older cousin, Mordecai, had become her adopted father. He raised her well. And Esther was chosen. She was named the new Queen because of her extraordinary beauty, but also because of her grace. The King genuinely loved Esther, and would do anything for her. But he didn’t learn that his new Queen was a Jew!
Meanwhile, the King’s top assistant, an evil, ego-maniac named Haman, plotted to murder every Jewish man, woman and child in all of Persia. Esther’s cousin Mordecai, the Jew who raised Esther, had refused to bow down to him one day on the steps of the King’s court. So, this power-mad leader, Haman, manipulated the king to make a royal decree to have the Jews annihilated. At stake were the lives of thousands and thousands of God’s people. God’s people are in distress. A day was set for them to die. They lived with the threat of death.
Today, in America, we aren’t living with the threat of physical death. But God’s people are in distress!
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.
“Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also reject you as my priests;
because you have ignored the law of your God,
I also will ignore your children.
People are dying for the truth. That’s why we are here – to bring life where there is death!
Today, we see the threat of death to family.
We see the threat of death to morality.
We see the threat of death to eternity.
Wherever there is a people of God there are enemies of God.
You are where you are for such a time as this because God’s people are in distress!
When you wonder if you are where you are supposed to be, whether you are working in a job that seems to leave you unfulfilled, or an at home mom feeling overwhelmed by the demands of caring for your family, remember God has given you an opportunity to influence lives. In your job, look around and ask God who He would have you reach and influence. There is no more important occupation than a mother. No one is better positioned for influencing the next generation than a mother. Whether that mom is at home and organizing and caring for her family full-time, or working and balancing a career, mom's are positioned as the main influence of their children. Dads are positioned to influence as well. They are positioned to provide an example of godliness and provide security for their family. Parents are positioned to lead on behalf of God, against force that would destroy God's people, families, society ad morality.
Think about where God has positioned you at this time in your life.