Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | October 20, 2014

October 21, 2014 “And Who Knows?”

“And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)

Good Morning Brothers and Sisters of the Household of God!

I have always admired the apostle Paul and the attitude he expressed regarding God’s empowering ability. It’s not every follower of Christ (although it truly should be) who is bold in declaring, as did Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Most of us are fully aware of our weaknesses and shortcomings and are not at all reluctant to focus on them when facing difficult situations. We are more likely to respond the way Moses did when God first directed him to go to Pharaoh, making excuses for his stuttering speech than we are to responding as Paul did with complete confidence. In the noted scripture above, Queen Esther is equally as hesitant to go before the King on behalf of her people, the Jews, who were scheduled to be destroyed by royal decree. Why was she so hesitant? For one thing, her husband the King did not know that she was a Jew herself. For another, it was unlawful and punishable by death to present one’s self before the King without being summoned to do so. But Mordecai, who had informed Esther of the king’s intentions, says to Esther, “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?” All along, God had laid out his plan for the deliverance of his people by seeing to it that Esther would be there to intercede, just as he had Moses…just as he had the prophets…just as he had the apostles…just as he has…you? It’s not hard to consider the sweep of history and see how God raised up particular people for particular times. During the revolutionary war, God raised up men the likes of George Washington, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. During our nation’s Civil War, there was Lincoln. In World War II, God raised up leaders like Roosevelt and Churchill to combat the likes of Adolph Hitler. History is replete with such examples. We must never discount the likelihood that the Lord is preparing us for particular situations in the home, in the workplace, or in school…preparing each of us for his particular plans and purposes. Author Oswald Chambers understood this. In his classic book “My Utmost For His Highest”, he wrote, 

“The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude.”

Are your ears open to God’s call? Is your spiritual attitude one of ““Let someone better qualified do it, Lord”, or is it “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”?  “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”  Let’s pray!

Almighty and All Knowing God; I serve at your pleasure. You are the potter, and I am but the clay. Mold me and shape me for your divine purposes, that I may serve with joyous expectation in whatever endeavor you have designed for me to undertake in Your service. This I pray in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen!




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