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For such a time as this

Tonight as I sat in church I had some light bulbs go off in my head.  Has that ever happened to you?  I have been sitting in church for most of my adult life, and I have heard most, if not all of the bible stories regurgitated more times than I would care to admit.

Once you have heard the same story told over and over again, you find that it becomes harder and harder to pay attention to the details.  Once you hear the first sentence or two your mind goes “oh yeah, that story about Noah again, I have that memorized”  and you start day dreaming. 

Katy and I recently joined Coastal Community Church in West Ashley.  Doing this was difficult for me because my heart has been committed to Grace Fellowship Church in Goose Creek for the last 10+ years.  I finally got to the point where I realized that a season had come and gone, and it was time to move on.  We have been in West Ashley now for 2+ years, and Katy gently and methodically nudged me to try out some local churches, that were right around the corner from us.  Fast forward to today, and we are now members at Coastal Community off Arlington Drive. 

Pastor Chris is teaching a series titled “The Real Housewives of the Bible”.   This series will highlight women of faith that are found in the many stories in the Bible.  

Tonight Pastor Chris spoke about the story of Esther found in Esther 4:13-16. In this story, you will find that Esther was courageous, and went to bat for her father Mordecai, and the rest of the Jewish people, who were in danger of being exterminated.

Here is the scripture reference  “he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

At this time Esther was the queen to King Xerxes who had passed a law allowing for all of the Jewish people to be killed.  Esther was in a position of influence and importance in the Kings court.  Esther was encouraged by her father to use her influence with the King to implore him not to kill him , his family and the rest of the Jewish people. 

Esther had to chose between being fearful of the consequences of being faithful to God and remaining silent, or to be courageous and stand firm in her faith. As the story goes Esther was courageous, and faithful to God. and God used Esther to save the Jewish people.  Here are a couple of truths that were brought out in this story that are relevant to us today. 

A. God has a plan, and He is faithful and just to keep His promises to us. 

B. We are not where we are by accident.  God has placed us in a community of people, where we have direct influence with others. 

C. If we are not obedient to the calling of God in our lives, where we are, God will use someone else to further his purpose and plan. 

D. “for such as a time as this” is a key phrase of importance.  God has a plan for our lives and has uniquely equipped us with spiritual gifts and skills that should be used to bless others and lead them to a relationship with Christ.

E.  We may be the only Jesus that the people in our community may ever see. 

 

 

 

 

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