December 6th, 2017 — DEVOTE


One day she was just an ordinary young lady, taking part in her family, doing her daily chores, being content with life, and the next thing you know, she’s on the fast track to riches, fame and recognition. It was a whirlwind experience. One I’m sure almost seemed like a blur, though it took over a year to come to fruition. And the funny thing is: she had no idea how it would turn out. Who am I talking about? A young woman in the Bible named Esther.

The story of Esther is filled with romance, adventure, and danger. She was just an ordinary girl from all external aspects, but everything she once knew to be true, would totally change when she found herself crowned as the Queen of Persia. But please understand who is behind, above, in front of and beneath all of this: God. God had His hand of involvement in Esther’s life, though I’m sure at times she didn’t notice, so that she could fulfill a very important plan that He had, though you and I can only imagine all the thoughts and emotions Esther might have felt as the details of her life unfolded.

What about you? Have you ever wondered where your life is leading to? What is the purpose? Do you even have a mission? Sometimes it’s much easier to see God’s calling in someone else’s life than in your own. But have no doubt, His plans and purposes are working out in perfectly, just as He designed. I know, I know, it doesn’t always look that way, but He’s still in control.

I want to encourage you to read the book of Esther. Her story is an encouragement to all of us to trust our Father’s will and purpose in our lives. We each have a call from God for specific reasons. He doesn’t save us and then just leave us so we can wander through life. No, no, no. He is constantly guiding us in His plans.

God’s calling just doesn’t include what we do but also who we are. Each experience in life, each loss – each victory… each setback – each progression… each trial – each advancement… is a tool that our Father uses to shape and equip us to become the person He wants, needs and desires us to be.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: If you’ve never done it before, start looking for God’s hand in your life. Look for the many ways He was protected you… provided for you… opened doors for you and closed others. He is working out His plans for you, though sometimes you might not be able to hear Him and other times it’s more than obvious. Whichever, trust Him. Know He’s always there, moving, directing, guiding. Never, ever start thinking you are too insignificant in His eyes. You and I might never be the Queen of Persia, but we are highly favored by our great God who has designed a unique calling for each one of us.

Father,

Thank You for designing me and calling me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen