Encouragement For Today 12 July 2022 Tuesday | How To Find Significance (When You Feel Like You Have None)
Read and Meditate on Today’s Encouragement For Today Devotional, Tuesday 12th July 2022. God bless you as you study!
ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY 12 JULY 2022, TUESDAY
TODAY’S TOPIC: HOW TO FIND SIGNIFICANCE (WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE NONE)
SCRIPTURE: “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14b (NIV)
It was work that suited my family’s needs, but it wasn’t going anywhere. Many days I felt like my position was unimportant, not truly making a difference in the world.
Maybe you’ve been there too. Changing diapers seems like a meaningless, never-ending chore. Caring for your aging parent feels insignificant compared to the accomplishments of your friends. Volunteering behind the scenes appears unappreciated and unnoticed.
That feeling of insignificance was one of the reasons I never felt a connection to Esther. Esther was a girl in the Bible who became a queen, who saved her nation from annihilation. After all, who can attain that position or live up to that kind of story?
In a crucial moment of decision, Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, said to her the words perhaps most quoted from the book of Esther: “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14b). He was challenging Esther to do her job. To step into her assignment.
Mordecai’s words are favorites for decorating mugs and T-shirts — but when we apply them to ourselves, we might feel as though we need to be queens like Esther to be called by God. Was I made for such a time as this?
How our straying hearts long for the tiara that came with Esther’s position. In our fame-driven world, our hearts may cry out for significance and acclaim when we read these words … but to focus on how “regal” we do or don’t feel is actually to misinterpret this verse.
Instead of pointing at the queen’s attributes, Esther 4:14 may be the clearest gesture toward God in the book of Esther, though His name is never mentioned there. Mordecai was not telling Esther that she was “the one.” That she was special. He was not telling her, “Now’s the time to unleash your hidden potential!” Instead, he was pointing Esther back to our sovereign God.
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Even though Esther was queen, her place of usefulness in God’s Kingdom wasn’t what she would have requested. It involved risking her very life. But the Creator who spoke the world into existence is the same One who created a queen from a humble girl. He alone positioned her in the palace where she could save her people. Neither she nor Mordecai could have foreseen this purpose, but God did.
The same God who created Esther, with her unique set of gifts, gave her a call to fulfill His redeeming plan. God gave Esther a unique usefulness, and He gives you the same thing.
Your unique usefulness may not be:
The job you’ve dreamed of …
The husband you’ve waited for …
The accomplishment with your name in the spotlight …
The baby you’ve longed to hold …
But it will be “immeasurably more than all [you] ask or imagine, according to his power” and for His glory (Ephesians 3:20, NIV). God’s plan for you is not necessarily what you’ve pursued or desired, but like He did for Esther, God had good works in mind when He created you.
Occasionally, our unique usefulness involves a huge leap of faith like Esther’s, but often our unique usefulness, our “for such a time as this,” isn’t the big thing but rather the small, everyday task.
It’s taking a meal to a sick neighbor needing to feel God’s love.
It’s faithfully and thankfully doing an unseen job day after day.
It’s serving in the behind-the-scenes volunteer position in the community.
It’s advocating for the voiceless, talking one-on-one over coffee.
You and I, in all our God-given giftedness, are positioned for such a time as this. Our loving and sovereign God put us here. He bestows significance upon our unique usefulness, even when we don’t have the perk of sparkly tiaras on our heads.
Lord, thank You for giving me a unique usefulness. Help me embrace the joy of Your current assignment for me, even if it lacks human fanfare or renown. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.