This week in the Dream Series we are discussing "What is God telling me through what brings me joy?"That the unexpected can be the most fulfilling, When we resist and question and yet pursue anyways, that God cares more about our obedience than anything else, and wants to use us to fulfill his purpose.
I'm doing an Esther Bible Study from Beth Moore and we are at the part where Esther must decide; go to the King and hope he offers her the golden scepter and doesn't order her immediate death, or sit and do nothing while watching her family perish and eventually, when it is found out that she too is a Jew, die later.
There will come a moment when we too must decide are we going to obey and fulfill the destiny God has planned for us, or turn away and say not me?
Esther tried to push away and brush off her uncle's plea's. She was young, and had gotten used to the comfortable posh life of being Queen, but eventually Mordecai got through to her and she opened her eyes to the truth, she swallowed down her fear and took a chance.
Can you imagine?
A young teenage girl, chosen amongst thousands of girls. Whom found favor among the King's eunuch's (hired help to care for the concubines)that when they met Esther, they found something intriguing about her and went out of their way to help her find favor with the King.
And then there's the King, whom favored her above everyone else and made her queen and not a concubine. Out of the thousands of girls Esther was chosen, a Jewish girl, one of God's people, chosen to sit on the throne, "for such a time as this."
Was she there because the hand of God? Had he set plans in motion to save his people from a sinful hateful man that wanted the Jews destroyed? I believe so! I mean, seriously, what are the odds?!
And he doesn't just do things like that back then, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" Hebrews 13:8
He plans and orchestrates things we will never know about this side of heaven. When we think we can't do the things God has planned for us, we are too weak, too lowly, too not enough, or ill equipped.
And doesn't expect us to do ANYTHING alone! We have to believe in the power he gives us, see beyond ourselves and our limited skills and our problems. There are things in this world bigger than us. And he is calling us to more.
"For now the kingdom of God on this earth resides within you, but one day your eyes will spring open to the most brilliant reality sight can behold. The kingdom of God will surround you, complete with palace, mansions, streets, and horses"
"We can refuse to walk in obedience to God or cower in fear from our calling and He will undoubtedly still accomplish His agenda. As for us, however, we will pass up the fulfillment of our own entire life-purpose and we-and perhaps even "our father's family"-will miss a mighty work."
Who wants to do that? Live and die knowing that they missed a mighty big opportunity to do work bigger than themselves because they let themselves be limited in their own thinking and viewpoint.
We limit ourselves, no one else.
"None of our purposes will be fulfilled easily. All of them will require the most difficult decisions we think we can make. Decisions that we may feel will practically kill us. Then God does something miraculous and we become something we're not. That when "who knows?"becomes "I know."
"When all is said and done, I'd sit on that side of glory having much rather fulfilled my calling than served myself all the way to meaninglessness. I had to accept that I was not called to an easy life. I was called to a purposeful life." Beth Moore-Esther Bible StudyWe are called to more-we care called to dream and work out those plans that God has before us. Please don't let anyone or anything stop what God has called you to do.
So, now it's your turn. What does God tell you through what brings you joy?
I may have gotten off topic, and maybe this post should have been for another day, but this is what poured out when I sat to write :)
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