It's My Turn!
Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her. ~Esther 2:15
One of the fundamentals of growing up is waiting for our turn. When we are at an amusement park, we must wait for our turn to take our ride. Many times, we wait in line until it is our turn to enter a room, get our meal, or play a game. When it is your turn, you do not want to waste your opportunity. Esther was one of several hundred young women who entered a contest to be considered for the next queen of Persia. This morning, let us see some lessons about Esther’s turn.
We see the patience.
Until it is time for our turn, we must have patience. Patience requires us to wait. We must be polite and not rude to the people ahead of us. Some people tend to be impulsive and impatient, and they try to cut ahead of other people. Until it is our turn, we should be resourceful with our time. We should have a book to read or work that we can catch up on. Instead of wasting time, we should maximize our wait time. Patience teaches us to enjoy the moment and to be constructive. Esther patiently waited for her turn.
We see the performance.
When it was Esther’s time to enter the presence of the king, her moment arrived. All the premeditation and preparation are put into immediate practice. When it is your turn, you must do your best. When it is your turn, you must treat this as your only shot at what you will do. When it is your turn, you must maximize the opportunity. Esther had completed her days of purification. She remembered the counsel of her uncle Mordecai. The result is that Esther obtained favor in the sight of all them that looked upon her. Can you imagine what a disaster it would have been if Esther was not dressed and ready to stand before the king? She would have wasted the previous twelve months of preparation and disappointed Mordecai and those she found favor with. When it is your turn, step up to the plate and be ready to hit a home run!
We see the possibility.
Esther found grace and favor in the sight of the king, more than all the other virgins. He set the crown royal upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. When it was Esther’s turn, she did her best and came into a position of power and influence that would impact the world. When a basketball player has his turn, he has the possibility of making the winning basket. When a baseball player has his turn at the plate, he has the possibility of driving in the winning run. When it is the preacher’s turn, he has the possibility of preaching a message that will lead many to Christ and to receive the gift of salvation. When it is the soulwinner’s turn, he has the possibility of seeing a sinner saved from his sins. When it is your turn, the possibility of making a difference is in front of you.
We see the providence.
God gives everyone a turn to make a difference. God gives us turns at our different life stages. He gives us turns to speak up at the right moment. He gives us turns to do something that will change a destiny. Is it your turn to speak up for the Lord? Is it your turn to step up and make a difference? Look at where the Lord has positioned you: it could be your turn!
Have a responsible God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Ecclesiastes 9-12