For Such a Time as Today
There is a possibility that I might not be the most patient person there ever was…Okay, so let me rephrase that in a more truthful way…Patience doesn’t come naturally to me. Jesus has done a whole lot of work in my heart when it comes to waiting for His timing but impatience is still something that I need to guard my heart against.
“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
- Esther 4:14 NKJV
Last September I wrote about Esther and my love for the most famous verse in the whole book. Over the past eleven months, that verse has come up over and over again. I understand this is not some obscure verse that would take a statistical miracle to pop up on multiple occasions but for me, every time I hear it, it’s mine—I take it to heart and I know my God is speaking.
This verse gets me all hyped up for whatever calling God has put on my life. When I hear it I can feel something inside of me leap up and agree, “Yeah! I was born for such a time as this! God does have a purpose for my life!” Which sounds really good right?
While true, the pitfall I found is this: sometimes I can get farsighted. I get so excited about what God is going to do on the horizon that I can miss that “for such a time as this” means “for such a time as today.”
“Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don't act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.”
- Ephesians 5:16-17 NLT
We weren’t made for just one monumental moment or task, but many little ones. Every opportunity is a chance to bring glory to our God and take ground for the Kingdom. I don’t know what God’s ultimate calling is on your life—I don’t even know what it is for mine. But I know that today we are tasked with making the most of every opportunity that is placed in front of us.
There is a purpose even in the mundane—especially in the mundane—because it is in the mundane that we learn to cling and wait and rest and trust that He is good and has better timing than we ever could. I would love to just skip to the end, to finally see the whole picture. (Did I mention that I can be impatient?) But even if that were possible, I would not have grown into the woman that I need to be to walk there well.
Beloved, we have come to the Kingdom for such a time as today (and tomorrow and the next day). We were born again with a purpose, the be the carriers of His light and to do the good works that He planned for us long ago. Whatever that looks like for you, do it well, making the most of every opportunity, and let Him work out the rest as He sees fit.
Written by Amanda Strauser