For such a time as this... but there is more to the story.
"Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?"
And you are the Queen aren’t you? The queen of your castle? The queen in your home. You are the glue that holds your family together. You are royalty - in a relationship with Jesus. And Jesus is King!
It is a popular phrase in “Christian-ise”. “...For such a time as this”. But there is a lot more to that scripture. There is a lot more to this story. It is important to know the story, to know the meaning behind the scripture. Because then you can use it in your own life, in a positive and accurate way.
Esther was an orphan, being raised by her Uncle Mordecai. She was chosen, by the king to be his queen. (There is a lot more to that but for now, we are going to focus on her time as queen, not how she got there.)
The king’s right-hand man, Haman, hated Mordecai. He wouldn’t bow to him or honor him, and a man like Haman couldn’t stand it. He devised a plan to not only kill Mordecai but all of his people - the Jewish people. And Esther, the queen, was a Jew. But no one in the royal court knew that.
Mordecai and all the Jewish people were fear struck and devastated when they learned of Haman’s plan. And that is when Mordecai - through a series of messengers - asks Esther to go before the King and ask him to intervene for her people.
Now, this is a big ask! In that day and time, no one could go to the King without being called for. It would mean death. If he wanted to see you, he would call for you and if you went without being called, the odds were not in your favor. At this time the king had not called for Esther in a month! This is where Mordecai responds to Esther’s fears with the popular scripture… but here is the whole thing.
Esther 4:14 “If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”
And this, my friends, is the reality that hit me hard when I realized it was so much bigger than I first thought.
You see, we get empowered and excited by the ending, “for such a time as this”, it is a call to our destiny, to our purpose. But that isn’t the whole picture. In the bigger picture, Modecai’s faith in God is amazing. He knows that God will make a way to save His people. He sees and encourages Esther to seize the opportunity she has been given. But he also assures her that she can miss it if she remains silent at this time.
There was a popular pixt going around that said:
“You are not big enough to mess up God’s plans for your life.”
And for a time that made me feel great. I had stalled in obedience. I had been wasting my time and not getting to work on things God had shown me to do. I felt guilty about it but after reading that empowering pixt I felt better. Here is the thing friends, it just isn’t true.
Life Lesson: Just because it is a pixt or meme doesn't make it true or even deep. (I know that seems like a Duh, but be honest, these verbal images are often persuasive.)
You are definitely big enough to mess up God’s plan for your life. He will make a way to accomplish the things He wants done. But if we don’t act, we can miss out on the opportunity and plan He has for us. And it can absolutely lead to our own heartbreak, disappointment, and demise.
I am not sharing this to scare you or make you feel bad. I am sharing this to ensure you know the truth and to encourage you to take action. And friends, know that God is patient. He is so full of grace for us. He knows. He knows me well. He knows I need to hear and see things multiple times before I take action. He is good to me. But if I chose not to follow what I know I should do, then I am going to miss out on becoming all I am meant to be. I am going to miss out on doing all I was meant to do. I am going to miss my purpose if I don’t take action. This is the truth for us all.
I want to encourage you today to ask God what He has planned for you, for such a time as this. I want you to be motivated and empowered to take action and follow through. He doesn’t ask more of us than we can handle. But we are absolutely capable of more than we give ourselves credit for. God knows you better than anyone. For most of us, He is asking for small steps of obedience. Simple acts of kindness. He is asking us to take more time and make seeking Him a bigger priority.
For me, right now, God is calling me to focus on my health and my writing. This isn’t all of a sudden. I have been feeling this urge for quite a while now. That’s how I know He is patient. He hasn’t given up on me. He knows my fears and insecurities. He knows my super talent for getting easily distracted. He understands the responsibilities I have to my family and my job. And still, He fills my heart with reminders and desires to do what He asks of me.
What I am certain about - obedience is for my benefit. And for the benefit of those around me. He loves us so. If we would only listen, I truly believe the world would be a better place.
You are the Queen of your home. What is God calling you to for such as time as this?
You can do it. Even if you doubt yourself, just try your best. That is where the best stories come from.
As part of my obedience, I am starting a Facebook group. Body & Soul is a place where we can come together and support one another in a mission to get healthy. We will have weekly scriptures and devotions - all good food for the soul. And we will be sharing tips and motivation to Move More and Eat Better.