A fascinating passage is recorded in the Old Testament book of Esther in chapter 4. (The book is remarkable in that it is only book in the entire Bible with no explicit reference to God, prayer, worship or any kind of overt religious activity - yet, God is implicitly seen orchestrating all the events.) Mordecai sends word through emissaries to Esther (the Queen of Persia) asking her to intercede with the King on behalf of the Jews who are threatened with destruction. Esther is understandably reluctant because it potentially means her execution. Mordecai responds with two points:
- If Esther refuses, someone else will arise to the opportunity (i.e., God will use someone else).
- This opportunity may be the very reason that Esther has become Queen. It might literally be the moment she was born for.
Literally - if God is truly sovereign - I was born for this time. And so is every other believer alive today. That truth changes everything. Threatening circumstances become glorious opportunities.