December 27, 2013

God’s Plan Is Greater Than We Know

“Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
—Esther 4:14

Many times, like Esther, we are oblivious to God’s plan for our lives. She probably dreamed of raising a traditional Jewish family, leading an ordinary life, not knowing she was meant for extraordinary things. I’m sure she dreamed of holding hands with her fiancé under the olive tree and planning her wedding ceremony. While she was planning everyday things, God was planning supernatural opportunities for her.

While we are so busy grabbing lesser things, ordinary things, mediocre things, God is planning extraordinary things for our future. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t reach for the stars. Even if you don’t get there today, you possess the potential that promises, maybe tomorrow, you will make it. “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

A godly man laid the groundwork in Esther’s childhood to prepare her for her life assignment. When the king selected his new queen, out of all those women, he chose Esther.

Esther had been groomed, psychologically and spiritually, to become great. God often sets a mentor alongside to give insight, wisdom, and direction. Esther had Mordecai, Ruth had Naomi, and Mary had Elizabeth. Timothy had the faith of his mother and grandmother. Paul wrote, “I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also” (2 Timothy 1:5).

You could be your children’s mentor. What you speak into your children’s lives today may prepare them for unexpected greatness and unlimited opportunities.

Lord Jesus, thank You for the mentors You have brought into my life—the people who have helped me gain wisdom and reach the place where I am right now. As I grow in faith, use me to bless others in similar ways, revealing to them that Your plan is always bigger than they think. In Your powerful name I pray, amen.