MEANT TO BE-THE STORY OF ESTHER
The book of Esther ends with happiness and joy, gladness and honor. Our lives are meant to be filled with the same characteristics. And we are happy and satisfied when we listen to God tell us who and what He meant us to be.
Who God says you are is the most important thing you can know about yourself. When we know who we are in Christ, who God meant us to be, we are satisfied and God is glorified.
“Meant To Be” is more than the title of a sermon series. It is worldview — one that comes from God and changes everything for you. You are a miracle story of God’s redemption in real life. You are meant to be!
“Let my life be granted me for my wish, and my people for my request.” - Esther 7:3
A lie we mistakenly listen to is that God only calls extraordinary people, with extraordinary gifts, living in extraordinary times, to do extraordinary things. And perhaps we further think, "I am anything but extraordinary...so God must not have called me." But, one of the beautiful truths we experience in the Gospel is that us - an ordinary people with ordinary lives - are ordinarily called by an extraordinary God who is at work in extraordinary ways through us.
So prepare today- as if an extraordinary God is a work through your ordinary life.
“That night the king could not sleep...”
“Timing is everything”… it’s a mantra repeated by many.
Our calendars often seem chaotic and our lives merely reactionary. So where is God in it all? Is He an angry dictator pushing buttons behind the scenes? An absent king who's abdicated the throne?
"Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:16
"If I perish, I perish"...What a great statement! What in our life do we feel strongly enough about to die for? Or maybe... what are we even willing to be uncomfortable for?
Esther gives us a great model for what it looks like to be compelled by love while seeking and trusting the Lord to move in and especially through us!
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
Often we’re tempted to think that we’re situated here, with these circumstances, by shear chance.
But what if there is more to our story than coincidence or chance? What if we are here “for such a time as this”?
“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7