Divinely Placed and Purposed

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? (Esther 4:14 NIV)

Remember the Bible story about Jesus using an ordinary boy carrying five loaves of bread and two fish to produce a meal for a crowd of five thousand?

Or what about when Esther was chosen to be queen of Persia, in turn saving the entire Jewish population?

Or what about Joseph, who, after being rejected by his brothers, was made king of Egypt and saves their lives?

Each of these stories represents a common thread that is woven into the fabric of our own testimonies: we have been divinely placed “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14 NIV). Sometimes life is weird and confusing. Circumstances are less than preferred and we are just not where we thought we would be. But what if our perspectives changed?

What if we started believing in this moment that God is big enough and mighty enough to get us to where He wants us to go? What if, instead of planning and worrying and desperately trying to make sense of what isn’t, you focused on all that is?

We follow Jesus. He is the miracle worker, and His desire for our life is not only to use us, but that we would do even greater works than He did on earth (John 14:12). The mundane is often the exact preparation we need for the miracle in our own backyard. But if we are trying so hard to get to somewhere else rather than walking in our purpose exactly where we are today, we might miss our opportunity.

We have an on-time God who is never a second off in His delivery. He has not forgotten our desires. What feels like denial is often His delay, allowing our heart to be refined and ready for the blessing. Divinely placed and purposed, that is our assurance.

Dear Jesus, thank You for positioning us exactly where You want us to be. We know that Your best for our life is far greater than our mind can comprehend. Make us aware of our purpose where we are and help us to do Your will. In Jesus’s name.

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