Christian Living
For Such a Time
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jan 6, 2020

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The Bible gives us many examples of people embracing God's vision, even when they may have felt afraid or unqualified. Let's look at the life of Esther.

Esther realized God's vision when she was called to approach King Xerxes on behalf of the Jewish people. In Esther 4:14, Mordecai suggests that perhaps she has come to her royal position for such a time as this. Esther was afraid and unsure, but she still stepped up and accepted God's vision for her life. At great personal risk, she met the need before her and saved God's people.

My Devotional

Esther was afraid and unsure, but she still stepped up and accepted God's vision for her life.

What if Esther had convinced herself she was not worthy of the task or had refused to carry it out for fear of the consequences? What a missed opportunity that would have been to glorify God by trusting in His sovereign will that flows from His love and faithfulness! Likewise, we miss out on the beauty and wonder of God's gifts to us, our talents, our open doors of opportunity, when we neglect to develop a vision for our life that aligns with God's vision for us.

Let us take each moment, each situation, and each relationship and ask ourselves: Am I seeing this with God's vision?

Who knows—perhaps God brought you to this moment "for such a time as this."

Prayer: God, forgive me for the times I allow fear and doubt to cloud my vision. Help me to see each situation with Your vision. Help me to use the gifts You've given me for Your glory. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14).