Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? â€”Esther 4:14
When I was about 7, I was in the car with my mom and two sisters when my mother pulled over to the side of the road to study the map. â€œAre we lost, Mom?â€ I was worried.
â€œOh, no,â€ she replied cheerfully, quickly folding up the map. â€œWeâ€™re on an adventure.â€ My sisters and I exchanged doubtful glances as one of them whispered knowingly, â€œWeâ€™re lost.â€
Adventures can be funâ€”and scary. They usually involve a bit of the unknown. As we walk in fellowship with God, itâ€™s likely that our lives will have many unique adventuresâ€”opportunities to serve Him. If weâ€™re reluctant or scared and we turn down an opportunity, we miss out. Will God still get the job done? Of course. But someone else will receive the blessing.
In Esther 4, Mordecai encouraged the young queen Esther to help rescue her people. He cautioned: â€œIf you remain completely silent . . . deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your fatherâ€™s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?â€ (v.14).
Esther was naturally frightened to take this assignment. But God used her courage and faith to deliver her people. Trust God to show you the way. Adventure ahead! â€”Cindy Hess KasperFor lifeâ€™s adventure, Lord, I ask
Courage and faith for every task;
A heart kept clean by high desire,
A conscience purged by holy fire. â€”McDermandCourage is fear that has said its prayers.