“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 NKJV
Today we complete the journey of 50 days together. I pray that for each of us that this will not end here but will be the beginning of something new and alive in our lives. I pray that we will have eyes to see that being intentional about being grateful is necessary and will produce good fruit, if we stick with it.
Whenever God is at work in us, He is also preparing us for something. It might be something huge, or something that seems small and no big deal, but either way He wants to use our lives to produce His purposes in the earth. We can make everything appear to be about us or in the midst of it all, we can see that God cares and loves people and our response to His call benefits both our lives and the lives of others.
Esther is a perfect example of this. How easy would it have been to just think that her life received a promotion. Maybe she did something right and finally it has paid off. Her beauty, charisma, or good nature has made a way for her? The truth is whether she had any of those things or not isn’t what is important here, God was positioning and placing her life in just the right place so that she could be a voice of deliverance. Her failure to act would be disastrous.
We cannot minimize the places God puts us, and the things He brings us to. If God has led you to walk for 50 days and focus on gratitude, it is because He is wanting to shift your heart. He is wanting to break off the murmuring attitudes and let your voice become a voice of thanksgiving in this generation.
Who knows, maybe your gratitude will be deliverance in someone else’s life.
We must decide that we will not revert back to old habits and patterns but that we will be a voice to a generation that needs to see men and women who stand in awe of a God who breathes the stars into being. We need to be a voice of life, hope, and thankfulness. We all know there is enough criticism, grumbling, and complaining to fill the world over, but will you and I make the choice to not follow the crowd, but to realize we have been brought to the kingdom for such a time as this? We may not save a nation, but what if our voice that refused to be silent, and expressed continual gratitude, saved our neighbour? What if?
Esther was called to deliver the Jews by using her voice to declare truth. We too are called to use our voices to declare truth to a society that can be changed one grateful attitude and action at a time. Don’t let something else have your voice. Don’t let ingratitude be found in you or spoken from you. Let’s use this body to both speak and act as people who see the Kingdom that we are called to.
This is our time. This study might be over, but our lives now become the story.
Let’s do this and let’s do it to honor the Great King who gives us all good things. He goes before us.
Today I am grateful for this journey. I have been blessed and filled as we have walked through these studies. I am thankful for every note written and the interaction of the body with one another sharing their struggles along the way. We have grown because of this journey, we are changed. I am grateful for new eyes and a fresh vision of His work in the here and now.
One final thing, “Thank you!”