LATJ: The Brevity of Life

10 09 2009

The book of Esther is really a neat book. I always relate to Esther 4:14 — “Who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this”. To me this speaks to God’s purpose for each of our lives, but it also speaks to patience. So often we desire to know God’s purpose for our various activities and we want to get on with it. We want immediate action and results. However, God’s timeline is different than ours. All of the events in our life can serve to mold us and draw us closer to God. I also think those events happen in order to create a common bond that can allow us to share the Gospel with someone.

The story of Joseph has a similar message to that of Esther. Joseph is sold into captivity but rises to power in Egypt. It is that series of events that allowed Joseph to save many through his planning for the famine and the leadership that he showed. Near the end of his life, he made a powerful statement regarding his understanding of how God works in his, and our, lives. He could easily have been bitter and vengeful. Instead, he said this to his brothers in Genesis 50:19-21:

“Joseph said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.’ And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.”

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