Esther 4:12-14 (NIV) 12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 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 royal position for such a time as this?” To continue reading, click here
With God there are no accidents or coincidences. In the story of Esther we see the providence of God in saving his people. God overrules the decrees of those in power, and plans of the wicked to accomplish His will. God used Mordecai and Esther to save the remnant Jews in Persia. Esther did not feel qualified to perform the daunting (and apparently suicidal) task ahead of her but Mordecai reminded her that God must have allowed her to be in the place she was for that specific purpose. God created you to meet specific needs in His grand plan. God works through people, events and circumstances to achieve His purposes. You and I are part of His grand plan. He uses our experiences—good ones and bad ones—to accomplish his work.
Many times, when we think of God at work, we only think of the supernatural. But God works in the supernatural as well as the natural. He is just as real in the ordinary as He is in the extraordinary. In this grand plan there is a healthy tension of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility. How much is God responsible for our lives and how much are we responsible for our actions? God is fully sovereign and we are fully responsible for our actions. We take personal responsibility for our actions but God works through them to accomplish his plans.
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are, and what the circumstances around you are. God wants to use you for His glory. Will you avail yourself for His service?