Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | September 29, 2020

For Such A Time As This

“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  Esther 4:14

Do we trust God—really trust Him?

We make our plans and plots. We say, “Oh, this is what I’ll be doing for the next year,” or “I’ll do this, and then this…”

My friends can attest to my proclamations through the years—especially when we plan to move homes…again. I’ll say, “No, really, this one is our forever home!” See, my friends and family have, for the past 27 or so years, had to write my addresses in pencil (even as I argue otherwise). Even before I met my husband at age 27, I moved several times after I finished graduate school—including across the country. Since we were married in 1994, we’ve had 15 addresses, across three states. And with each home, I’ve declared, “This is it! No more moves.”

The Lord, however, always seems to have other plans for us. There have been times when we could look around and see glimpses of God’s hand in motion, so the “why” of that season is somewhat understood. But other times, when the Lord has directed our path, it’s only well after the fact (or a season of years) that we can look back and understand it was clearly “for such a time as this.” One example is us suddenly leaving a Colorado town and home we loved to move to a more northern, not-so-lovely town we actually always despised when visiting family…in retrospect, it was not so random, as our son had been born in that part of the state, and he was waiting for us to adopt him to be his forever family.

So, amid my plans (or, admittedly, sometimes after my plan-making), I’m always reminded of parallel verses in the Old and New Testament that slap me upside the head with God’s Truth: We can establish our short- and long-term game, but the Lord determines our steps—His will is going to prevail, regardless of what our planner may say. Tomorrow is unknown, let alone next year (Proverbs 16:9; James 4:13-15).

My point? The Lord will always move us (spiritually and sometimes geographically) for His glory and our good if we are obedient and trust Him. (Romans 8:28). We have to trust that each step—even if it’s nebulous to us—is purposeful in God’s Big Plan.

So, what’s going on in your life right now? An illness? Forced career change? A completely unanticipated move across the country? Maybe you can look around and currently see the miracles along the way, directing your decisions. Maybe, like in Joshua (chapter 3), all you know is that God is telling you to take a single step of faith before anything else—even the very next step—is revealed. (And, often, that first step is terrifying.) Either way, His purpose and plan for you are, indeed, for such a time as this.

Friends, trust Him. He knows you and loves you. So, step out in obedience and faith. If not today or tomorrow or this side of heaven, someday we will see and understand this season. And we’ll see the good and the glory in it all.

“Lord, I trust You. Show me the next step and help me to be obedient. All I long for is to glorify You in it all.”


For His Glory

Julianne Winkler Smith
TRBC Women’s Ministry

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