Being in the Right Place at the Right Time – Esther 4:14-17

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Pastor John Bagorio shares a reading for Esther ch 4 ver 14 thru 17.

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Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

Esther 4:14-17

Everyone has a moment! As we continue to talk about this, we must understand that we are given moments for such a time as this…

Have you ever been in a situation where you wondered, “How did I get here?” or maybe “How am I gonna get out of here?”

I remember growing up just outside of Boston MA, seeing my first MLB game at Fenway Park, loving the hustle and bustle of the city. Fast forward many years and living just outside of Portland OR in a city of 100 thousand and thinking it is SO SMALL! At times I would go crazy…

Fast forward a few years later and now I live in a Coastal Community in Oregon of just over 1,000 people, even though the actual number says 1,400 but I swear I can’t find them. I thought there is no way that I belong here… How was I going to make it in this place? Why am I here?

Then I realized that I was right where God wanted me to be! That is a place that is SO SMALL, I have been able to not only survive, but to THRIVE, because I was made for this moment!

I share this because…

Sometimes we are thrust into situations that on the surface make us feel like we are “in over our heads”; “out of our league”; or insert any catchy phrase you want at this point…

We scratch our heads and think “oh boy, this is it…”

I want you to know that you are not there by “accident”, “chance”, or “coincidence” … As we look at the life of Esther we will see some things that will put things into perspective for us.

Esther 4:14b “…Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.”

I want to continue with that thought.  As we look at the text, I wanted to set up the story here in the 4th chapter of Esther.

Here are some interesting facts…
1. God is never mentioned in the entire book.
2. This takes place between Ezra, (another Book of the Bible), chapters 6 and 7 chronologically.
3. The providence of God is abundant throughout the book.
4. Esther is addressed to the multitudes of Jews who did not return to Judea.  They remained in voluntary exile.
5. The Book of Esther provides the only Biblical portrait of most of the Jews who remain in Persia rather than return to Judea.

Time and time again we have opportunities in our lives where we can see the Hand of God use circumstances for His Glory. Moments that when we are obedient we can see the lives of people around us changed…

Let’s look at the passage in Esther 4:15-17

Esther sent this reply to Mordecai:
16 “Go and assemble all the Jews who can be found in Susa and fast for me. Don’t eat or drink for three days, day or night. I and my female servants will also fast in the same way. After that, I will go to the king even if it is against the law. If I perish, I perish.” 17 So Mordecai went and did everything Esther had ordered him.

You see, we must understand that Esther wanted/needed all the Jews to stand with her and, she called on those she knew she could count on… We need to know the people who we can count on we need one another.

4 Ways to be in the right place at the right time…

1. Know that God PREPARES you for opportunities.
Esther had been prepared for this moment she was ready to embrace this moment no matter the outcome, but God had prepared her for this… The fate of the Jews at Susa was in her hands. What has He prepared you for?

So how many times we miss out on some of the greatest opportunities because we don’t realize that we have preparing for this moment for our entire lives…

2. Know that God PROMOTES you for opportunities.
We know that Esther was promoted to be the queen in this story and as such it gave her the opportunity to speak to him, the King, about this situation. But the law was that no one could approach the King unless they were summoned, and she had not been summoned for the last 30 days.

Are you on shaky ground? Are you not sure what your boundaries are? Can I tell you that when you are getting close to God, you will know when you can safely push the boundaries of your situation.

3. Know that God will EMPOWER you for opportunities.
She was willing to approach the king because she was at the right place at the right time. Sometimes you and I might not “feel” qualified, but we are because of what Christ did on Calvary! He positioned us at the right place at the right time.

We must understand not only “who” we are, but most importantly… “whose” we are! We need to understand the purpose for our empowerment.

4. Know that God will PROSPER you for opportunities.
How many times do you and I fall short of our destiny?

In his all-time classic book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill tells the story of R.U. Harby.

Harby’s uncle had gold fever, so he staked his claim and started digging.  After a lot of hard work, the uncle found a vein of ore, so he covered up his find and returned home to raise the money for the machinery that he would need to bring the ore to the surface.

They raised the money and Darby travelled with his uncle back to the site to make their fortune.

Things started well and before long, they had enough to clear their debts.  They were excited, everything from here on would be profit and things were looking good.

Then the supply of gold stopped.  The vein of ore had disappeared.

They kept on digging but found nothing. After a while, they quit in frustration and sold their machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars.

After they went home in disappointment, the junk man called in a mining engineer who checked the mine and calculated that there was a vein of gold just three feet from where Darby and his uncle had stopped digging.

The junk man went on to make millions from the mine.

Darby returned home, paid back everyone who had lent him money and was determined to learn from his mistake in giving up too soon.

He went on to become a phenomenally successful insurance salesman, more than recouping what he would have made from the gold mine.

He learned the lesson that you need to persevere through difficulties and stay focused if you are to become successful.

Whenever you feel like giving up on your dream, remember that you may be just three feet from gold! It’s called being in the right place at the right time!

When you and I allow God to “position” us for something…

We must be ready to live in that place.

Let me finish our time together with one last thought… Earlier I told you about growing up just outside of Boston, and now living in a very small Oregon Coastal town… well here is the rest of the story, (okay sorry that phrase have been used…), here is the how that story continues…

Because of where I live, and the relationships formed, I have been able to pray with city officials and speak into lives that I would never have had such influence in the city of Boston…

Don’t discount where you are at, because when we allow ourselves to be at the right place in the right time, we will see some of the greatest moments in our lives.

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