Going Deeper with the Message:
Right Person, Right Position, Right Time
by: Ben Biles
On Sunday, Pastor Tim took us through the story of Esther found in the Old Testament. Though God is not mentioned in the book of Esther, it is clear that He is moving to orchestrate circumstances to the benefit of His people as He places Esther in position as queen of Persia. When the Jewish people are threatened with extinction, Esther is in place to be used by God for the salvation of her people. Yet, this required that she risk her own life to go before the king and she hesitates. Her father-figure Mordecai advises her, “If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)
What the story shows us is that God is sovereign over all circumstances and often places believers in the right position at the right time to make incredible impacts on others. The story challenges us to look at our own lives and think about what influence we can have in the positions we are in at work, at home, online, or in our various relationships and whether or not we are rising to the challenge. God has made you to be the right person in the right position at the right time. He has set everything up for you, but you have to act. We are faced with the question, “Are you willing to sacrifice your comfort and security in order to affect big change for God’s purposes?” If so, trust that God is in control, pray that He would accomplish His purposes through you, and move to act.
Too often we are caught up in our mundane, daily routine to imagine that God has a purpose for us this very day. The Apostle Paul writes, “For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) When we change our mindsets to view everyday as an opportunity to serve God and love others in the positions we are in, we begin to see where we can take action and daily walk in these good works.
Living out the Message:
Fear and Worry Inventory
By Ben Biles
As we close out our series, No Worries, our hope for you is that you have seen how God sustains us with His perfect power, peace, and purpose in the midst of our fear. We’ve been encouraged by your stories of how God has intervened in your lives and has helped you to confront the fears that plague your life. Before we move on to the next series starting on Sunday, I think it would be best if we take an inventory on all the fears, worries, and stress that we are currently facing.
Take out a piece of paper and write down as many of these fears and worries that come to mind. Think of the major stressors you have to deal with. Think of the daily challenges you face. Think of the small details you worry over. Whatever is burdening you, put them all down.
Next, list out all the moments when God has come through for you throughout your life. How has He shown His power in your life? How has He provided for you? How has He built up your faith? What relationships has He surrounded you with to grow and stretch you? Take a moment and reflect on how God has already done so much in your past and how He will do even more in your future.
Then, at the top of your paper, write the purpose God has for you. If you don’t already know, God purposes all believers to know Him better and impact others. Every day, God is extending an invitation to experience His love and grace. Every day, God is putting opportunities before us to grow in our own faith while showing those around us the reason for our trust in God. Every day, we can live out the purpose that God has for us. When we know that God is using us, we gain confidence that He will sustain us and empower us to fulfill that purpose.
Finally, reflect on the stories of Jacob, Elijah, the disciples on the boat in the midst of the storm, and Esther. We have so many stories throughout Scripture of how people of faith struggled with fear and doubt, but God overcame that fear to work mightily in their lives. The fears and worries that lay before you are trivial in comparison to God’s eternal power and purpose. He will provide for you and sustain you through any trial while showing you more and more of His grace. Trust in Him and let go of these fears.