By Greg Laurie
“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Have you ever found yourself in a place where you don’t necessarily want to be? You thought, “Why did I end up in this neighborhood with these neighbors?” . . . “Why did I end up in this classroom with that teacher?” . . . “Why did I end up in this workplace with this boss or this coworker?” Did it ever occur to you that God has put you right where you are for a reason?
In ancient Persia, a beautiful young woman found herself as the queen at a strategic time in the history of the Jewish people. A plot had been hatched for all of them to be exterminated. Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, sent word to her, “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13–14 NKJV).