Fish out of water…

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Scripture: Esther 4:13 Mordecai (Esther’s cousin) reply to Esther, “Do not think that in the king’s palace you will escape (execution) any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.” 15 Then Esther said in reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will also fast as you do. After that I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.”

Observation: The king had decreed that all Jews within his kingdom would be put to death. However, the king was not aware that his own queen Esther was Jewish, which put Esther in an awkward position. What could she do to help her people? Esther may have been queen, but she had virtually no power aside from the favor of the king. Could she successfully petition the king to rescind his order regarding the Jews? Esther’s cousin Mordecai said in v.14 “Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.” Esther promised to try to help, knowing full well it could cost her life. “if I perish, I perish”. (v.16)

Application: Sometimes God puts unlikely people into unlikely places to accomplish certain things. I remember being a young man with little church experience as I attended seminary. At first I believed my lack of church experience was a tremendous handicap. There was so much I didn’t know! What I didn’t realize was that I came to the church with the eyes of an outsider – which turned out to be a blessing. Why? Because the church needs to connect with outsiders to have a future. Over the years I’ve been able to help many churches and church leaders do just that. In essence, I’ve been the right person at the right place at the right time – despite my initial doubts and insecurities.

Many of you reading this blog post are like Esther – the right person in the right place at the right time, even if you don’t see yourself that way. In fact, you probably think of yourself as a fish out of water. You’re not like those around you. You’re different. And up to now you’ve probably thought of this as a handicap. But what if you’re wrong? What if God sees your differences as a gift rather than a problem? How might you step out of your comfort zone to accomplish something important for the Lord? Think about it. If the Lord has placed you there, you will not fail.

Prayer: Lord it’s not easy when we see ourselves as “different”. It tends to breed insecurity and fear within us. But this morning we realize we may be different for a reason. Give us grace to see ourselves as you see us, that we might fulfill the your purposes for us. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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