On Purpose

Esther 4:10-14

"Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai; 11 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, [there is] one law of his to put [him] to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days. 12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words. 13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews. 14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, [then] shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for [such] a time as this?"


It's a much used, much preached on, much applied passage, but it never grows old. And somehow it always seems the Lord brings my attention to it just when needed. There are times in everyone's lives, I'm sure, when it seems as if there is no purpose and then the Lord uses our circumstances to His glory. The most difficult times are when we cannot see that purpose. That is when we must realize that God is in control, we may never in this life see reason or purpose to some parts of our lifetime. That is when we must totally trust the Lord and thrust ourselves on Him, believe in His sovereignty, rest in Him completely. If we know our God we won't need to know all the whys and wherefores!


Faith Derickson

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