Such A Time As This

Who can say but that God has brought you into the palace for just such a time as this?
— Esther 4:14

Why has God prospered YOU?  Have you ever stopped and really thought about it?  If we are being honest, and I hope we are, we know we don't deserve it.  Or do we?  Have we earned God's favor?  Are we so good that God has no choice but to honor our prayers, and give us what we desire?  Or is God so good, that He chooses to bless us, in order to use us.  Let's take a walk through God's Word and gain some insight.

First we will look at some people whom God has blessed.

  • Pharaoh
  • Saul
  • Rome

All of whom used their prosperity to persecute Christians and Jews.  Yet God still choose to prosper them.  Rome for example was prospered to spread the Gospel through the vast network of roads they created.  Saul was prospered, yet God choose to show us how David the ruddy king would be exalted for his heart.  Pharaoh was prospered, yet God used them to bring forth Moses and Joseph.

Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and rose to be number 2 in power in Egypt.  He was able to store up enough food to save his people, the Jews, from famine.  His own brothers did not recognize him and when he made himself known, he said these word.

Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones
— Genesis 50:19-21

That is the reason God prospers people.  To bring glory to Himself, and bless others through those He chooses to bless.  How we respond to his blessings, is what matters most to Him.  There are so many people in need of help, yet go without.  Consider these verses;

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
— James 1:27
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
— Hebrews 13:16
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
— I John 3:17
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
— Philippians 2:4
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.
— Matthew 25:35-40
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
— Proverbs 19:17

I witnessed up close a family loose all their earthly possessions in a fire recently.  My wife's mother and father literally have the clothes on their backs and a couple boxes of smoke tainted clothes and papers.  That's it.  When you have nothing to loose, your left with faith.  True faith.

  • No longer can you trust your roof, because you have none.  
  • No longer can you put faith in your walls and locks to protect you, because you have none.
  • No longer can you put your faith in your cupboards, because you have none.
  • No longer can you put your faith in your bed, because you have none.

But God understands.  He can relate to your condition.  .

Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side. And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
— Matthew 8:18-22

This conversation takes place all too often.  People "say they will follow Jesus", but have conditions.  In this verse in Matthew, the scribe was rich, very rich.  When he said "let me go and bury my father, he wasn't talking about funeral arrangements.  He was saying "let me go and wait for my father to die so I can get my inheritance".  Then he would follow Jesus.

We can't lay conditions on God.  Jesus says "Follow me and let the dead bury the dead".  In other words, trust me to provide for you.

  • I am all you need.
  • I am sufficient.
  • I am enough.
  • I am more than enough.  

I think of the "widows mite" in Mark 12.  She is the perfect picture of charity.

And in his teaching he said, Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and to have salutations in the marketplaces, and chief seats in the synagogues, and chief places at feasts: they that devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers; these shall receive greater condemnation. And he sat down over against the treasury, and beheld how the multitude cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, This poor widow cast in more than all they that are casting into the treasury: for they all did cast in of their superfluity; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
— Mark 12:38-44 ASV

In God's economy, 2 mites is of more value than all that the rich gave.  You see, the world gives honor to the amount given.  God gives honor to the amount held back.  The widow gave all she had and held back nothing.  We could and should learn from her example.  Please consider helping Consuelo & Cesar with a charitable gift below.

May the Lord Bless You,

Ricky Jimenez

Consuelo & Cesar Ardon's home devastated by fire.

Consuelo & Cesar Ardon's home devastated by fire.

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