Years ago, I was attending a concert at a very large venue. We got there early and quickly discovered the place was packed and we had to sit in the “nosebleed” seats! Just before the concert began, I spotted a whole row of seats right in front of the stage. I looked at my friends and suggested we try and grab them and really enjoy this concert!
All I heard from them was, “We will never make it down there in time,” and “They are probably saved for someone else.” And with fire in my eyes, my response was, “For such a time as this!!” and I took off running. Long story short, I made it to that row and there was a seat for me and I sang and listened to my heart’s content.
In the Bible we read about Queen Esther had something much more significant on the line. Her people, the Jews, were going to be killed off and God was presenting her to be the solution. She was to go to the King and ask that he intervene and stop the killing of her people. She was afraid because in that day you had to be summoned by the King to enter his presence and if you entered at your own invitation you could be killed. Not to mention she was a woman and a Jew herself and although she was queen she didn't have much authority. All the questions and “what ifs” were putting fear inside her and immobilizing her to move. God quickly reminds her that NOW is the time to seize this moment and move beyond the fear and doubt and step out in faith. Esther 4:14 says, "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Fear wishes to keep you sidelined and out of the will of God. Fear will lie to you, rob you and hold you back. Whether it is a great seat at the concert or helping to save an entire people group, God wants to fill you with power to fight through that fear and see the promise on the other side! Ralph Waldo Emerson says, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." God gives us a spirit not that is weak and timid but one that is brave and powerful.
How has fear held you back? Take a moment and reflect on the past years of your life and where you have stopped moving forward due to the fear of “what if.” Now ask the Lord, “God, would you fill me with power that replaces this fear? I break up with the lies of fear and I say, ‘For such a time as this!’ and I refuse to be held back any longer. Amen!”
2 Timothy 1:7