For Such a Time as This

I firmly believe God has laid out a life plan of ministry and spiritual accomplishment for each of us.

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10

Personally, I believe God made the arrangements for my ministry in Vilnius, Lithuania. I am equally convinced that he prepared me and Gateway for each other. He did not force any of this to happen, but he prepared for it to happen. Being open to his will, it did happen.

The same is true of anyone open to his leading. He makes the arrangements to put us where our ministry gifts can be fully utilized.

I call it his “for such a time as this” leading.

We all remember Queen Esther’s story. Consider how all the events surrounding her fell into place enabling her to be in a position to bravely save her Jewish race from near extinction.

Mordecai, the man at the center of the storm, recognized Esther’s opportunity. He told her:

And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this? – Esther 4:14

God knew. She was in that position for that moment. Being open to that, she thwarted evil plans and Haman the hangman became Haman the hanged man.

God knows what we are positioned for too. He is even now making arrangements for our moments of ministry. He is busy preparing us and others for “such a time as this.”

Are we open to them? Are we expecting them? Will we, like Esther, be brave enough to make the most of them?

Enlighten the eyes of our heart, Lord!

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9 Responses to For Such a Time as This

  1. Donna says:

    You are not going to believe me…..but I read (actually listened to) the book of Esther today. I surely believe that God speaks to us…we just have to be tuned in to hear where it is coming from….like today it is coming from my blogger friend Danny!

    BTW- I love the idea of a Blogger’s Lecturship or better yet Retreat! You live very close to the beach….right?

  2. […] Danny Dodd has some thoughts today on Esther. (The Bible Esther … not Aunt Esther.) […]

  3. preacherman says:

    Danny,
    God bless your calling and I know that God has called us all if we will listen for His voice. Elijah it was a gentle whispher. I believe that for His Church world wide, now, is the time as you quoted from Esther. We have focused to much on ourselves while world is lost. We must go out as Jesus has commanded and save the lost. We must go and make disciples whether it is in Lithuania or America, because America is now a mission point as well. Our neighbor need Jesus, not Meth. I pray that God will bless your brother and the Church in Lithuania.
    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your Spirit. Amen.

  4. Darin says:

    Yes. Somewhere between getting it right and keeping it right little room remained for following who was right.

    Great reminder.

  5. Just as a personal exercise I recommend reading and comparing the Esther in the canonical “Old Testament” and the Esther that appears in the Septuagint. This exercise is easier than it sounds at first. Just get a copy of the NRSV Apocrypha which has the entire text of the Greek version … with the “additions” in their proper place … freshly rendered in good English. You may find yourself scratching your head …

    Shalom,
    Bobby Valentine

  6. dannydodd says:

    I am glad Donna and I are on the same page in the Bible.

    Thanks for you encouraging words preacherman.

    Your point is well taken too Darin.

    And Bobby I will have to do what you suggested. Sounds interesting.

  7. Steve says:

    Esther is quite a story. Great to see you in Malibu and to meet your wife.

    Peace.

  8. Dee Andrews says:

    Danny –

    Interestingly enough, the title to my blog post today is “For Such A Time Ad This.” Brillant minds run in the same channel. Obviously!

    I love the story of Esther and always have since I was a little girl. I wanted to grow up to BE queen Esther.

    Thanks for this great post! Dee

  9. Trey Morgan says:

    Amen Daddy. I absolutly LOVE that passage. How many times in life has God put someone right their in their life “for such a time as this” and they not know it or see it.

    Amazing verse.

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