Read Appointed For Such a Time as This - Encouragement for Today - June 29, 2020 from today's daily devotional. Pray especially for wisdom for all those in authority to make the right decisions to help protect lives, pray for those in the healthcare services who put their lives at risk to care for others, pray for those who have been infected, pray for those who have lost loved ones during this time, pray for our friends and families and for ourselves that we may be found faithful and that through our lives, His name will be glorified. Do not doubt or be discouraged or afraid. Many times, the places where we find ourselves is not really “all about us.” It’s about Him. - Esther 4:14.

And even if we can’t provide them with food (if they are elderly, living alone and so on) we can at least use our phones and talk and pray with them. We should all, therefore, exercise maximum social distancing as this was the one method that helped China, Taiwan, and other countries control the spread of the virus. We should also remember the poor and the vulnerable among us. And He is faithful to turn our pain into greater purpose, in our own lives, and for those around us. The world is changed and lives are saved when individual men and women realize that they have been called “for such a time as this” and, through faith, they take action. This kind of thinking is very dangerous because if the virus does affect the Christians and some of them die, people who had built their faith on false hopes may even lose their faith. Various estimates are given as to how many may die and none of us can be certain of any figure. Admail 3905 London, W1A 1ZT Post was not sent - check your email addresses! In fact, if, like Paul our attitude should be, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21) we will even welcome death as our transition from this life of pain, suffering and death to the glorious presence of our beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus. +44 (0) 84 5683 0580, Be Encouraged Daily! This site is a proud member of the Salem Web Network, a subsidiary of, Copyright © 2020, Crosswalk.com. I’ve seen memes of the sprinkling of blood on the doorposts and lintels during the Passover in Egypt stating that we will be saved in a similar fashion. - Crosswalk the Devotional - November 12, The Lesson of Lasagna - Crosswalk the Devotional - November 11, Are We Immune to Blessing?

We may even become angry with God for allowing this pandemic to affect us.
And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?’” (Esther 4:13-14) And that’s the “for such a time … If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me, and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. 803-578-1899.

I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. Though she had doubts, he told her, “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”. What if more than one person in our family is affected? It is critical that we continue to trust God in the face of this fast-spreading pandemic. What if a child faces a similar fate? 3:5). Being out there on the front-lines may not be possible for all of us but there are some things we can do. Believe that He is at work, and setting the stage for great things to happen. Martin Luther’s pastoral advice during the Black Plague: “I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Check your inbox now to confirm your email address.

Sign-Up For Our Devotionals. After a time of fasting, Esther approached the king. It is normal therefore in uncertain times such as this, that we will feel anxious and even fearful.

God is the only One, who has the power to turn trials into blessings. Nevertheless, there are some important spiritual truths we need to be mindful of. Sometime in January, long before the Covid-19 pandemic was even heard of, we decided to teach on the topic, “Grace to Endure” and we were given a text from James 5:10-11 “My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience.Indeed, we count them blessed who endure. He has called you for such a time as this, for this date with destiny. If you find yourself facing times of trouble or testing right now, be assured that God is at work in your situation. We will endure this pandemic because we know that in this life, we will all face the normal problems of living in a fallen world where sin and its tragic consequences will be with us till we die or the Lord returns. Is it possible to suffer daily and also live a thriving life? This is why Paul said, “Death is swallowed up in victory. And while life went on normally for most of us, we are now unexpectedly confronted by the global pandemic that is impacting all our lives in some way or another and has the potential of doing much more damage in the future as well. Indeed, we count them blessed who endure. Read For Such a Time as This - Crosswalk the Devotional - January 14 from today's daily devotional. Sometime in January, long before the Covid-19 pandemic was even heard of, we decided to teach on the topic, “Grace to Endure” and we were given a text from James 5:10-11 “My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. PO Box 7750 Charlotte, NC 28241 He’s always at work even when we can’t see the whole story, even when things look uncertain. Therefore, the first thing to remember is to come to terms with is our own mortality. But her cousin, Mordecai, recognized that Esther had been prepared uniquely by God for this crisis.

Though our current situations may look different than what Esther faced, we might still be struggling with great fear or uncertainty.

These and many other situations can really test our faith. Check your email for details and to confirm your subscription. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Inspiration Ministries is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our new podcast, Thriving with Chronic Illness, empowers listeners to navigate the challenges, questions, and pains of life with chronic illness while learning how to thrive. Intersecting Faith & Life: If you’re facing uncertainty over the future, or have a big problem that’s troubling you today, give it to God.

It’s as if this pandemic will not affect the Christians. For Such a Time as ThisBy Debbie McDaniel, “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" Today, God has called you “for such a time as this.” It is no accident that you are where you are, doing what you’re doing.
In the Old Testament book of Esther, we read of a beautiful young girl who essentially won a beauty contest and became queen over the kingdom. We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience, by continuing to use this site you agree to this. One of the biggest dangers to faith is the propagation of false hope. This means that the final test is that we stop seeing things from our own perspective and see things from His.

Don’t ever doubt that He is Able. Dionysius of Alexandria testified, that when the plague swept through Rome in the 3rd century, “Most of our brother-Christians showed unbounded love and loyalty, never sparing themselves…they took charge of the sick, attending to their every need and ministering to them in Christ…and departed this world serenely.”. Find out more on how we use cookies and how to disable them. For Such a Time as This - Encouragement for Today - January 14, 2019 Dr. Tony Evans January 14, 2019 For Such a Time as This DR. TONY EVANS “Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, ‘Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. Hence, we should not be surprised as if death is something new, or be afraid of it. Check out fantastic resources on Faith, Family, and Fun at Crosswalk.com! She could have kept quiet. Find more by Debbie at www.debbiemcdaniel.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. ... Sign Up For Daily Devotional.