Such A Time As This

He’s calling
Wake up child, It’s your turn to shine
You were born for such a time as this.
~ “The Anthem” by Jake Hamilton

Yesterday morning I took a friend to work, and as we were talking on the drive in, he said to me “Joel, I feel like this year is going to be a defining year for me.”

I have been feeling the same way as I have been thinking about this year. I feel like this is going to be a year where God defines and grows so many things in me. It’s awesome, it’s scary.

I dropped my friend off at work, and began the drive back to Gap for me to go to work. As I drove God began to really focus on that idea. This is a year of defining. I didn’t have to be at work until 8 &  I was back in Gap by 7:30 so I drove out to the cul-de-sac that is out by work, and I turned on some music, grabbed my jacket, my bible and a cigar and sat and begin to listen to God. I lit the cigar, and as I sat on the tailgate of my truck, feeling the cold biting at my exposed flesh, I opened my bible, not really knowing what to read, and I just thought “God, I need to hear you so desperately right now. I have so many questions in my head, so many fears, so many doubts, so many insecurities about where I’m going in life. I need to hear from you.”

Then I looked down at where my bible had opened to.

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)

For those of you who don’t know the story of Esther, let me give you the really, really, really quick version: She was a Jew in a land where someone was trying to get the king to make it legal to kill Jews with no consequences. She was also the queen. She was scared to say anything to the king, because in that time, you didn’t approach the king unless you were summoned. The above verse is Esther’s uncle writing to her as she is struggling with what to do. Stay silent or speak out.

“And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” In whatever happens, however God defines my life this year, I have to remember to not be afraid to speak out, to say what needs to be said, because who knows, but maybe I was put where I am for such a time as this.

For Esther, this became a defining moment in her life. Maybe she was made queen for just this time, but she still had to act upon that. Whatever happened to her, the kind of person she would be in years to come all hung on this one thing. This year will be a year of defining for me, I know that I was put where I am for a reason, for such a time as this, and while I don’t know what that is yet, what I do with it will define me for years to come.

What about you? Where do you find yourself right now? Maybe you were put in that position for such a time as this. This could very well define who you are for years to come. Will you stay silent? Or will you shake history?

I am royalty
I have destiny
I have been set free
I am gonna shake history
~ “The Anthem” by Jake Hamilton

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