By Grant Kaul, Senior Pastor

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”

Esther 4:14

Have you realized the significance of your current situation?  One of my mentors reminded me on several occasions, “Bloom where you are planted.”  Whether the present state of the soil of your life is rough or rich, our relationship with Christ allows us to bear the fruit of His character as our hearts abide in His Spirit (John 15:4-5).

            Ponder Mordecai’s words to his adopted daughter Esther, the Jewish Queen who had been married to the Medo-Persian King in the fifth century B.C.  Mordecai exhibited a healthy faith in God’s sovereign power to preserve the captive Jewish people who were facing extermination, with or without Queen Esther appealing to the King to address this travesty.  He simply appealed to God’s providential timing when he told her, “Who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).

            Have you considered that God has you where He wants you to fulfill His purposes in this time?  Do not underestimate your significance in light of our Father’s providence.  As we begin this year, take some time to reflect on how you arrived at this present point and ask the Lord to help you understand how He would desire you to live, love and serve Him.  Praise God with thankfulness and look to Him with eagerness to help you think through and write out what His “next steps” would be for you in your relationships and responsibilities.  Remember, the Lord Jesus has prepared you and placed you, “for such a time as this.”