By Ruthann Mckenzie
I love the story of Esther in the Bible. There is so much to be gained from this book of the Bible. My favorite verse comes from Esther 4:14. The part that stands out to me the most is, “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
The phrase “for such a time as this” could be applied differently for each individual. God wants to use you and the time of your calling may be different than the person next to you. You may look at yourself as inadequate to be used by God. You may feel like your past situations have disqualified you from God using you. However, when the time comes, when we are thrust into greatness like Esther, we can take courage that God can use us where we are. We do not have to be higher educated, better dressed, or more qualified. When God wants to use you, He will use you so that all glory will be given to Him.
Esther, like so many of us, had her own baggage that she felt disqualified her to become queen. She was an orphan, she was captive in a foreign country, she did not know if the king would actually choose her to be queen, and I doubt she truly wanted to be queen. Despite her circumstances, God still wanted to use Esther. But why? He could have picked anyone more willing, anyone more qualified, He could have chosen anyone else. However, would it have made the same impact? The gifts and purpose God placed on Esther’s life was designed for that moment, which would impact the future. Trust that God created each of us with our different gifts and purpose to be used to impact the future.
Esther’s natural response when being told by Mordecai that God placed her in the palace for such a time as this was to make excuses out of fear. It is natural to have that response and God knows this, but Esther surrendered her will to the Lord’s to be used. The fact that Esther surrendered and put her confidence in God that His will be done instead of her own is the best part of this story. She was thrown into the situation, but she did not let that stop her from being used.
Perhaps you are here for such a time as this and you too have been thrown into a situation, whatever it may be. That does not mean you cannot be used by the Lord. God wants to use you…yes, YOU! Surrender fully to His will. Allow His love to flood your life and you will see that through our weakness His strength can be made perfect. Be used by God, for this is the time.