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The Esther Within

“Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” I’m sure you have seen this quote on house décor or Pinterest feeds. But did you know this quote has been molded directly from God’s word?

Esther 4:14 Berean Study Bible.
…And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

What profound words these should be for you and me. When I reflect on these words, I reflect on how uniquely God designed our lives. God has chosen you and me to be used for His Kingdom and for a reason.

Apostle Peter writes, “But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference He made for you – from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted” 1Peter 2:9-10 MSG.

God calls us chosen. Chosen for a purpose. It is our experiences in life where He has shown up and showed out His glory in where we come to the terms of saying “God was all in it.” He uses those specific moments in our lives where situations were out of our control for a reason. Specific moments in our lives to where you and I had no choice but to place that “problem” that “situation” into God’s hands.

Every season in our lives both good and bad can be purposed towards transformation. It is the transformation of our faith that grows stronger in Him. In the book of Esther, God’s name is never mentioned, but the providence of God clearly shows how He still was all in it, guiding and controlling His perfect timing. Esther lived a hard life, at a young age she lost both her parents and had to live with her uncle. Then goes through a season where she is forced to uproot and leave everything she knows, her family, her friends, her home and is taken away in a form of human trafficking with other women commanded by the king of Persia as they went through a process of whom out of the bunch would become his new queen. But in the midst of all that uncertainty, Esther had no idea she was being divinely positioned or purposely placed exactly where she needed to be by God.

Sometimes the most trying times in our lives teach us how to completely rely on God’s timing and God’s will. Understand if you are going through a season in your life where it feels like it’s overwhelming and even at times unbearable, take heart knowing you have a God that doesn’t take a blind eye to what you are going through. Know that even in the midst of your storm of harsh winds He is right there with you giving you His strength or showing you His peace for that day until the next day comes. Then there are other times He will not allow those winds to be calm for a reason and that is okay because God will always be greater than any situation we face. It is all about trusting God with the process and not leaning on our own understanding in trying to figure it all out for ourselves.

God’s word says, “I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work. “God’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, so will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them. Isaiah 55:8-11 The Message (MSG)

As the story of Esther continues, she gains favor by those around her and by the king and eventually becomes queen. God predestined her position. She was made queen of Persia for a specific reason. He used her as an instrument to save His children from being put to death by a law that was sent on behalf of the king by the influence of his evil political advisor Haman. Esther is a great example of what it looks like to be God’s instrument to do His work. She took her chances, got out of the way of “self”: her doubts, her fears, her what ifs and out of her comfort zone and was obedient to the calling. Under God’s sovereign guidance she changed the destiny for many. The boldness of her faith speaks volumes. The consequences of revealing herself to the king took courage because the outcome could have gone in two opposite directions. She could have been put to death for being a Jew or gain favor in getting the king to stop the law he commanded.

Understand that you and I were created by God for a divine purpose just like Esther that would influence others to trust God in their seasons of uncertainty. God placed value in our testimonies. Our testimony is to be used to helps someone else. Our testimony was created so that we may encourage, inspire, and give hope to those who may be weary in the same journey. God gave us Christ to complete His work within you and I. Know that your story is unique, and valuable just as the next person. Your testimonies describe your hardships which makes it relatable to the people that God places in front of you who needs to hear it. Your story might leave you battle scars, but God doesn’t leave you the same way you went in. He brings you out transformed. He brings you out with new strengths, the kind of strength you know that only comes from Him.

Did you know that you and I are Esther within? God, Himself, created you for a moment like this to speak your testimony to tell others what God has done for you and to show people that His word doesn’t come back void over our lives, that He is faithful to complete His promises. Let your words be the faith-wakening to somebody’s soul who needs healing in their life.

He chose you specifically to go through specific season for that particular testimony you possess. And if you're going through a trying season now, know that God will see it pass, that He will transform you through it, glory to glory because the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith. The thing you are currently going through right now could be the very thing that someone needs to hear later down the road to help motivate them to keep going, to keep fighting, to keep believing, to keep persevering to the end. Your testimony could be the very thing someone may need to hear to pull themselves out of hopelessness and walk into deliverance by faith hearing your story. Your testimony can very well bring someone to Christ. So, what is God calling you to do and what is God asking for you to share?

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