|“…You must take care that a legitimate concern not become an excuse to disobey.” “…One of the first signs of turning from your call is an undue concern for the wife and children. Christ, not your family, determines your call. When you follow Christ you trust Him to provide for your family.” “…There is a real but invisible line between letting God determine your call and using circumstances as part of that determination. No one but you and God knows when you cross it, but you are cautioned not to allow legitimate concerns to move you into unbelief.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Think not that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther4:13-14
Haman the Agagite was an enemy of the Jews. The Jewish historian Josephus says that Haman was an Amalekite, a tribe that opposed Israel entering the Promised Land during the Exodus. Haman did not take kindly to Mordecai’s slight and began to plot the extermination of the Jews. As the plot unfolds the calamity in which the Jews found themselves turned to their advantage, although no one but God could have seen this before the fact.
When Mordecai became aware of Haman’s plot, he approached Esther for help. None but the court jester and the heir of the king were allowed into his presence uninvited. Esther, knowing this, expressed her reluctance to approach the king. Mordecai reminded her of God’s Providence with these well-known words.
When God presents you with an opportunity to participate in what He is doing, you can either be cooperative or passive. In either case, God will execute His will. You cannot alter the plan of God, either by your opposition or inattention. He is no more dependent upon you to accomplish the Great Commission than He was upon Esther to approach her husband. The only person that can be hurt by disobedience is you, and who knows, our Father may have brought you “to the kingdom for such a time as this.”
Proverbs 10-12 2 Corinthians 4 (New King James Version)
2 Corinthians 4
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