For Such A Time As This
Have you ever considered that your present residence, age, employment, and such other factors were by intention of God? This question could be asked of your historical residences, ages, employments, and similar factors. By intention opposes Solomon’s “time and change” arguments in Ecclesiastes 9.11 (Bible, also Psalm 33.16-22 & Romans 9.16-18). There is no happenstance with God!
The title above is one illustration of God’s intention. Esther 4.14records Mordecai telling Queen Esther, his cousin (2.15), why God had chosen her to replace Vashti, the rebellious wife of King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) of Persia. Exther was to thwart the plans of satan’s agent, Haman, to exterminate the Jews in all the provinces.
God’s intentionality can be seen in Joseph and Gideon, and in Mary, Joseph, Simeon, Anna, the particular shepherds, and Magi of the Christmas story. Apostle Paul, another example, reminds us that Jesus fulfilled prophesy by being born in “the fullness of time” (Galatians 4.4-5).
The story of Mary and Joseph being chosen is told in Matthew 1.18-25 and Luke 1.26-38. Joseph, a “just man”, was from Nazareth in Galilee (Luke 2.4) and was a carpenter (Matthew 13.55). The last mention of him is when Jesus is questioning the Temple priests at 12 years old (Luke 2.41-51). It is supposed that Joseph died before Jesus began His public ministry.
John 11.1-44 introduces Lazarus (Greek for “whom God helps”; Bible) and tells us that his death and resurrection was intended “‘for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified’”. He joins the “man blind from birth…’that the works of God might be displayed in him’” (John 9.1-3) and the healed paralytic at Bethesda pool who showed that “‘the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing’” (John 5.1-19). Each person above was born with a mission to reveal God and demonstrate His “grace upon grace” (John 1.16-18).
What about you? What is it about your past which give meaning to your present circumstance? Consider how your parents and of those listed above might have asked the questions of Judges 13.12. What is God’s ‘mission’ for you, as in Jeremiah 1.5, as He revealed it to Joseph? Can you repeat John the Baptist’s recognition of success in John 3.27? These are considerations for your contemplation before beginning the new year; contemplations about yourself and your children….
You were born for such a time as this! Jeremiah 29.12-13.
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