• Jordan Burchette

For Such A Time As This

"For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14)"

The book of Esther fires me up.

She was a young jewish woman who saved her people from mass execution.

She bravely went before the king without being summoned which could have ended her life.

She was quickly favored by King Ahaserus as he made her queen.

She was fatherless and motherless and being raised by her cousin Mordecai.

From the outside looking in, you wouldn't look at her and think she was 'queen' material. Esther lost both of her parents and I often wonder if she felt abandoned? Her family consisted of Mordecai, her cousin who raised her, and I wonder if she felt lonely? Her life wasn't a normal situation, yet God was calling her to this challenge.

She then had to go through 12-months of purification treatments (Esther Chapter 2) before being with the king. Immediately I think about how patient she must have been especially waiting that length of time to be with the king. Esther did not know that she would become queen, but she faithfully waited. She followed the rules and kept going forward trusting that God was making sense of the story.

Esther then becomes queen after King Ahaserus favors her and bravely approaches him (Esther Chapter 5) in an attempt to save her people, the Jews, from execution. A rule that King Ahaserus had stated that anyone who approached him on his throne, without being summoned, would be put to death. The only exception was if he held out his golden septre and allowed the person to touch it; sparing their life.

Esther lays her life on the line and King Ahaserus favors her and ask her what her request is. Esther tells the king of all the evil plans created by Haman (King Ahaserus's right hand man) and Haman is put to death. The Jewish people are saved because a woman bravely took a leap of faith.

There are so many encouraging parts to this story and I encourage you to read the entire book of Esther.

The verse I shared above has been encouraging me this morning.

Even if Esther would have been killed or had she backed down from the challenge, God would have made another way to save the people.

"For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14)"

But God called Esther to this challenge. She was favored by King Ahaserus from the start when he was looking for a queen. Esther was acquainted with challenges as she did not have your normal family dynamic nor did she come from wealth. Before she was queen, I imagine people didn't really know her.

I relate to Esther. A lot of times I look up and wonder how I got here. The picture above was from a recent event where I sold my journals. Many years ago, I fully believe God impressed it upon my heart to speak at events. I am trusting Him through this journey but don't feel like I am very qualified. I took this picture to remind me that He has called me and will continue leading me.

I think we all relate to Esther.

We feel inferior to others who we are certain have stronger faith than we do.

We feel as if God will use anyone BUT us.

We feel as if we just don't have enough qualifications or even look the part.

We feel as if we can't make a difference for Christ.

We let our past trauma and scars keep us from going the next level with Christ.

We feel as if our family situation wasn't the "perfect" scene so we can't possibly be used of God.

God has called us to our life and seasons and challenges for a reason.

You may not look like the "right" person for the challenge.

You may not have a long list of credentials for the challenge.

You may feel abandoned and aquatinted with loss.

You may be unsure of yourself.

You may want to hide in the background.

You may even struggle with your faith.

God is still calling you though.

He still has a plan for you and wants to use you.

Esther probably wasn't expecting her life to turn out the way it did. She stepped up to the challenge though and God blessed her tremendously. I wonder if after she saved her people, she took a moment and reflected? Maybe she reflected on the loss of her parents and the roads of pain that she walked. I believe she most likely thanked God for those challenges as they led her to save her people with a courageous faith.

What is God calling you to do?

Is it scary? Are you unsure? Do you feel extremely disqualified?

I know I have been in that space many, MANY times!

I have often said, "God, are you sure?" As if God is unsure of anything. He knows all and is all and is in all.

Throughout scripture, I have noticed that He uses those that don't fully believe they can be used of Him. They never quite meet the worlds expectations of "greatness," but they are the ones God uses to change the world.

Whatever He is calling you to, courageously step up and let Him use you. It may look bleak and as if you don't have a chance, but God knows exactly what He is doing.

Who knows... He may be calling you to the challenge for such a time as this.

I can't WAIT for you to hear my new podcast episode where I discuss Esther in more detail!

Listen on SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/coldcoffeeandcottonstems/confidence-in-god-being-content-when-it-is-hard-managing-stress

Listen on Apple Podcast here: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:520799787/sounds.rss

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