For Such a Time

 

 

The theme for this year’s Kinship Christian Radio Share-A-Thon is “For Such a Time.” And, of course, that phrase originates with Esther 4:14:

“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?” (NLT)

 

Those words were spoken to Esther by Mordecai, who had adopted her when her parents died and raised her as his own daughter. Through a series of events involving a week-long drunken party thrown by wealthy and powerful King Xerxes (who reigned over 127 provinces stretching from India to Ethiopia) and the refusal of his queen, Vashti, to be paraded before the king’s friends as his beautiful possession, Esther had become Queen.

 

Queen Esther was in the unique position to be able to appeal to King Xerxes about a plot to kill every Jew in the kingdom on a certain date. She was afraid to go before the king, however, because anyone who appeared before the king without first being invited would be doomed to die unless the king held out his golden scepter.

 

At this point, it seems as if all hope could be lost. It looks like this could be a no-win situation with no chance for anything but a miracle to save the Jewish people.

 

But, Mordecai’s reply to Esther’s fears is anything but hopeless.

 

Essentially, Mordecai says God is going to save his people no matter what. He has absolute faith in God. And Esther, beautiful and gracious Queen Esther, has the opportunity to be used by God at this particular point, this exact time in history –if only she will overcome her fears, trust God, and go before the king.

 

As the book of Esther unfolds, we find that she does indeed go before the king and the Jewish people are saved, just as Mordecai said they would.

 

And the point is that you, along with Kinship Christian Radio, have come to wherever you are in your life for such a time as this.

 

God has a plan –and all of us are part of that plan.

 

When things look hopeless and messy and complicated and it looks like we are in the middle of a nasty, awful, no-win situation, each and every one of us can indeed go before not some earthly king, but the King of kings! The Bible says we can come before that throne boldly (Hebrews 4;16) and appeal to God Himself because Jesus made a way for us to do exactly that by His sacrifice on the cross.

 

And the glorious part of all this is that God planned it all from before the time when time began!

 

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:9  (NIV)

 

If you look up the meaning of the Greek words for what is translated here as “from before the beginning of time” the literal translation is “from before time eternal.”

 

We find the same phrase in Titus 1:2:

in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, (NIV)

 

So, as the events of Share-A-Thon unfold this Tuesday through Thursday, and you listen to the testimonials and the songs and all that takes place on Kinship Christian Radio, and the fellowship events the staff has planned (Shown here: https://kinshipradio.org/home/share-a-thon-events/ ), know that you are part of a plan God has had since before time began. Know that other people’s lives are being changed by God’s plan and the love of Jesus as it flows out from Kinship Christian Radio and the people who support it –all in God’s perfect timing.

 

Yes, everything around us points to a time of ever-increasing lawlessness, drama, and chaos. With every passing day, the signs grow increasingly greater that trumpets will sound and the sky will split open. But we also know that relief and deliverance will arise for all who are in Christ Jesus no matter how bad it looks right now and each of us has the choice to use the position we are in to participate in God’s glorious plan in such a time as this.

 

As that plan unfolds, brothers and sisters, Know that Jesus Loves You, that Jesus Is Alive, that Jesus Cares for You, Know Jesus’ Gospel Truth, Know that Jesus is Your Lord, and Know that the time is coming when Jesus Will Return.

 

Today’s Praise

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

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