Sunday, November 16, 2008

Perfectly Positioned: Don't Let Negative Circumstances Keep You Down

Picking up where I left off a week ago, there is nothing like being perfectly positioned for a job, a promotion, a new client, or an exciting new opportunity. That means being in the right place at the right time in the right mind set. That's a lot to have right all at once. Some of you ladies may believe it is impossible for you to be perfectly aligned for something so right because there's too much going wrong: The economy is spiraling downward, the job market is contracting instead of expanding and despite all the wonderful sales in stores, your personal money is tight. (That's whats hurting me the most!)

However the life of Esther suggests that even someone with a bad background can in place for an opportune time. In Esther 1, the king has just divorced his wife and is looking for a queen. This is a was big deal. Kind of like when a single NFL player is featured in Essence Magazine's Do Right Man issue. All of the single women start blowing up his e-mail. Well all the women were going to the palace for a chance at position and power.

According to the Bible, Esther was literally a bastard. She had no family except for her Uncle Mordecai. Fortunately for her, he knew the importance of being positioned. So when this opportunity came along, he pushed her to go for it. From the moment Esther took the chance, God blessed her with His divine favor, even with Hegai, the custodian of the women:

Esther 2 v 8, 9 says, "The young woman pleased him and she obtained his favor, so he readily gave beauty preparations to her, besides her allowance. Then seven choice maid servants were provided for her from the king's palace, and he moved her and her maid servants to the best place in the house of women."

That's not all. In verse 15 it says Esther had the favor of all who saw her, including the king.

Esther 2 v 17- "The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the women so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen ..."

Esther's past was an unfortunate one: orphaned and left alone after both of her parents had died. However, because of that tragedy, she was placed with an uncle who saw her potential and put her in the way of blessing. Your story of tragedy can also become a blessing. Don't be discouraged. I'm encouraged when I read Psalms 71 v 20, "You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again and bring me from the depths of the earth." Just do like it says in John 15 v 4, abide, or continue, with Jesus. Continue reading the Bible, continue praying and continue doing your best for Him. God will bring you to life again.

During Your Lunch Time, Read: Esther's story, Esther 2 v 1-18, and John 15 v 1 through 8

After Reading, Meditate on This: Have you been letting your tragic story get you down? Would Esther's triumph be possible if she had focused on her tragedy? How can I better abide with God right now?

If you have read this and you do not have a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son, God Resurrected His son Jesus from the earth so that He could resurrect you from your past. Read previous appeal for a relationship and pray this prayer:

Lord God,
I have been held down by my story long enough. I would now like your help to be revive and resurrected to new life. I accept your son, Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection for my sin. And now I pledge to turn my life and my way of doing things over to You in exchange for Your divine favor and purpose. In Jesus' Name, Amen

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