In the world but not of it

December 9, 2010

He placed me there…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Some time later King Xerxes promoted Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite over all the other nobles, making him the most powerful official in the empire. Esther 3:1

It often works this way. Just when things seem to finally be improving or going better, something or someone shows up and things get a bit difficult.

Mordecai and Esther must have been in amazement. This young girl propelled from obscurity to opulence in such a short time. She now resided in the most powerful palace known at the time, serving as queen to the most powerful king. She had authority and everything available to her. She was in a position to bless her uncle, Mordecai and look after the needs of others and her own.

It really isn’t our first thought that when we are promoted or given new opportunities that bring much blessing with them that we have been given this from the Lord for purposes that will be revealed later.

We may praise God for the changes, whether foreseen or completely unexpected, but any changes in our lives are always steps towards the greater purposes of God for us and His kingdom. Esther and Mordecai must have spent lots of time pondering what the Lord had done and what His purposes were in this whole situation.

It is easy for us to read the story now but we can’t know all the thoughts that went through their minds during that season in their lives. How could they have imagined that such a place of prominence was actually orchestrated by God to save the Jewish people?

May we stop for a moment today and give thought and praise to God for where we are, especially if we are in a place of blessing beyond what we may have expected.

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