For my morning devotion I read Esther chapter 4. You know the familiar text where Esther says, “If I perish, let me perish because I’m going to see the King.” You know, that one. As I was reading Esther 4 I began to read the chapters surrounding it just to get a feel for the context. I’ve read this story and heard it preached countless times, but this morning it reminded me of an encounter that I had a few days ago. Last week I had an unexpected conversation with my mentor about God’s timing. She was sharing with me her reflections from a devotional she had read earlier in the week. She talked to me about trusting God’s timing and learning to actively wait on God. These were things she had mentioned to me before and things that I’d learned just by watching her and how she operates in ministry. But, as the conversation went on she said something to me that I’d honestly never given thought to. She said, “You know it’s about more than being gifted and anointed, but there are other variables that come in to play.” She mentioned a couple of the variables that work in unison with God’s anointing, but the major component she talked about was God’s timing.
As I read the Esther story again, I realized that Esther had plenty of opportunities to approach the king about saving the Jews from extermination. After all she lived in the place. However, Queen Esther was extremely strategic in how she went about completing her task. She knew she possibly had a measure of influence because of her position in the palace, she knew that her assignment was from God, and she personally knew the person (the king) who could do something about her situation. But, in spite of all of this, I believe that Esther understood something about God’s timing that my mentor was seeking to teach me that day we talked. Esther knew that although she had position (or maybe even influence) in the palace, had a God-given purpose (to save the Jews), and knew the King, none of those variables would have mattered had she not acted at the right time. It was not until chapter 7 that Esther was able to bring her request to the king and he granted it. Who knows what the outcome could have been if she’d acted on the revelation to soon.
The point is this…Trust God’s timing. When gifts, anointing, skill, and the right time work together, then the purpose God has called you to will begin to come to fruition.
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