Day 25, How Are You Looking at It?

Scriptural Text

Esther 4:14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, 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?”

Exposition

Darkest Hours or Brightest Days?

“It was October 29, 1941, during the trying days of the Second World War. Winston Churchill was visiting his old school. It was his second visit during the war. On both visits, the students serenaded the prime minister with the words of school songs he himself had sung as a boy. A verse was added to one of the songs in Churchill‘s honor. ―” Not less we praise in darker days the leader of our nation.”  In his remarks Churchill thanked the students for the honor.  Then he told them how he had asked the head master to change the words from ―” darker days” to ―” sterner days”, explaining,

“Do not let us speak of darker days; let us rather speak of sterner days. These are not dark days: these are great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived.”

In a matter of weeks, Japan would attack Pearl Harbor and the Americans would be brought into the war alongside Great Britain. This time Churchill spoke to a joint session of the United States Congress:

“I will say that he indeed must have a blind soul who cannot see some great purpose and design is being worked out here below, of which we have the honour to be the faithful servants.”

If these seem to be challenging times for our church, perhaps we are seeing this as a dark time. Rather, we can see these as great days and see ourselves as part of some great purpose of God, on mission with God.’

Application

‘Most people must settle for coasting through a legacy left by someone else, but — whether the answer for our church is relocation/merger or not — we get to be part of the generation of vision. By the grace of Almighty God, you have the privilege of being there ―for such a time as this!” Rev. Derek Gentle

Consider not how the ‘church legacy’ you are part of might be a blessing for you now; but how you can be a blessing for the visible and invisible church-the bride of Christ for eternity.  What is the best strategy to protect and grow the legacy of His Bride, the church but to fulfill its Commission –to go and make disciples!

The stakes are high. Perhaps either our obedience to God will be the source of “relief and deliverance”, or it will rise from another place “but you and your father’s house will perish.” Perhaps it is not the health and welfare of two churches that we should consider, but the health and welfare of His Bride, The Church.  In such as time as this, how can you best serve her?

Thank God for the honour and consider how you might invest your life in other lives, spend much time with Jesus, ‘divide’ the Word rightly, entrust to those faithful ones who are likely to entrust to others, stay in context of the local church, family, work or business, seek wise counsel and develop the Christ-like character of the new creature God will’s you to be.  Your faithful outlook may be the single thing that changes a word, an attitude, a heart, a church, a community, or a nation for the glory of God.

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