June 29, 2020
Appointed For Such a Time as This
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“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)
I was seven months pregnant, sitting on the sofa in my family room, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Two planes just crashed into the World Trade Center … on purpose.
My baby will be here in two months, I thought to myself. What kind of evil world is he about to enter? Will he even have a chance?
I called a friend. She was as stunned and heartbroken as I was. We processed our thoughts out loud ... and we prayed.
Fast forward about 10 years.
Smartphones became the newest thing. Suddenly, the internet was literally in the palm of our hands and so was our access to sin. The thought of raising my boys in this technology-obsessed age began to overwhelm me.
I called my friend (the same one I called after 9/11). She understood my fears and allowed me to process my thoughts out loud again.
Even if my boys aren’t trying to look up something inappropriate, what if a classmate jokingly shows it to them? And then they’re hooked. What then?
“In what kind of world are we raising our children?” I asked her. “Will my boys even have a chance?”
My friend reminded me that perversity and temptation are nothing new. Just read through the Old Testament. But God always gives His children strength to overcome. Remember Potiphar’s lustful wife? She wouldn’t leave Joseph alone, but God gave Joseph the wisdom and discernment to run away.
God knew we would face the challenges we face today. If we continue to pray and stand on the principles found in His Word, God will give us the same wisdom and favor He gave Joseph.
My friend and I ended our conversation praying for our children.
Fast forward another 10 years.
It’s 2020. I’m driving home from work, still trying to process what I just saw. Empty milk, meat and toilet paper aisles, not to mention checkout lines winding halfway through the store. Perhaps you saw it too. It felt apocalyptic. What in the world? A pandemic?
I called my friend (yep, the same faithful one). I voiced my thoughts: “In two months, my baby is supposed to graduate from high school. What kind of world will he enter?”
We reminded one another of this truth: God knows all things. He knew this was going to happen … and that we would all be a part of it.
In Jeremiah 1:5, God says to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Before Jeremiah was even born, God knew Jeremiah would be the “weeping prophet” and speak out against evil during crazy times in Israel’s history.
God also created Esther knowing full well her plight would not be easy. He knew she would become an orphan and that she’d be in a beauty contest competing for the title of queen. But as Esther’s uncle reminded her, she was born “For such a time as this,” and so are we (Esther 4:14, NIV).
God knew my oldest son would be two months away from his high school graduation, and my youngest son would be one lesson away from getting his driver’s license — all during a pandemic.
God knew our plans, and He knew they would be changing. God even knew that racial tensions would erupt in the midst of a pandemic.
But God has given us and our children everything we need … not just to make it through this season, but to thrive and be His voice of hope.
As I pulled up to my house that evening after work, my friend and I did what we always do during uncertain times. We closed in prayer.
None of this fazes God.
Before He created you and me, He knew us and what was in store for us. We have been appointed “for such a time as this.”
Lord, thank You for the hope we have in You. When You created us, You knew the difficult times we would find ourselves in. Equip us and allow us to be Your voice of hope to the world around us. Please cover us with Your peace and protection. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (NKJV)
Esther 4:14, “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?” (ESV)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
How have recent events affected your feelings about your God-given purpose? Take a moment to ask the Lord for creative and practical ways to still walk in your purpose and be a light to the world around you.
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