And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?
I studied the book of Esther earlier this month and this part of verse 14 has stuck with me. This is when Mordecai was telling Esther to plead with the King on behalf of the Jews. What I learnt from this part of the verse is that sometimes God has already given us the idea, the plan, He has already placed where we need to be – but we should still go before Him before we execute the idea, the plan, or use the powers that we have because of the position we are in. In verse 16 Esther tells Mordecai “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me….” How many times do we go before God even though He has placed the idea, or plan in our heart? Do we still take time and pray to ensure that He goes before us, to confirm that what we are about to do is actually His plan? Or do we only pray when we have no idea what to do?
When you read the chapters after you see how God fights the battle for them beyond what they had planned when Mordecai approached Esther in chapter 4. God even puts Mordecai in a place of honor (chapter 9 verse 4) – at the end of it all, God gets the glory! As I studied Esther I learnt that at the end of it all, it is about God and His people – He reveals Himself through His people, and so we need to ensure that we put Him where He deserves to be. Always put God first, whether you have it figured out or not – always put God first! Esther becoming the queen was beyond her – God placed her there so that she could be used to help her people. She acknowledged that she was in a royal position and that she had the king’s ears through her actions that helped her people in the end.
Like Esther, acknowledge where you are, and then ask God to guide you if He has already told you or shown you what you need to do next – or, pray and ask Him to tell or show you what you need to do next. May we not move without God, not just this week but every day of our lives!
Guide us and may our hearts know to always call on you before we move, may our faith be strengthened that even when we know or have an idea of what we need to do next, we still pray and talk to you first!