“Why me?” That’s a question we usually mutter in bad times, but it’s actually a great question to ask when things go well. Of course the theological answer is easy and concise – namely, God’s grace. But beyond that, asking “why me?” when you are blessed may have practical and more specific answers that are worth discovering.
In the Old Testament the question was asked of Esther, who had been plucked from the foster care of her cousin Mordecai to become the wealthy and pampered queen of Persia. After her unexpected rise to prominence a plot had been uncovered that threatened to annihilate the Jews in the region. Mordecai then wisely asked Esther to consider if perhaps God had blessed her in the way that he had so that she could leverage that blessing into something that would meet the need of the moment. Mordecai was confident God would deliver the Jews in one way or another, but he had to ask her, “Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Est.4:14).
Great question. And one that the rest of the story clearly answers. Yes, the dramatic promotion of Esther was God’s strategic means for foiling an evil plot and protecting his people. So the next time God clearly and perhaps unexpectedly blesses you, acknowledge the grace of God, then consider how that blessing might be utilized to advance the cause of Christ and make a difference for God’s glory. You may find that it was granted to you “for such a time as this!”
-- Pastor Mike
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