There is a saying that says “Don’t send a boy to do a man’s job!”  I don’t know its source but this statement implies that there are situations where a specific person is more suited for a task that needs to be done.  This is true in many cases and in the book of Esther we see this develop as noted by Mordecai in verse 14 of chapter 4, “…And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”

The Jews were in a desperate situation.  Because of Mordecai’s refusal to bow to Haman, the king was convinced to issue a decree that on a particular day the people of Israel were to be killed.  They needed someone to intercede on their behalf and it just so happened that one of their own was the king’s wife.  Esther had been chosen to be in his harem and eventually found favor to the point of becoming queen.  She had the opportunity to influence the king to the point of reversing the edict to destroy the people of Israel.  Her efforts not only saved her people but also removed those enemies who would have continued to present a danger to them.

We need to realize that God works in this way.  He provides for His people as perfectly seen in the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.  His basic purpose is always the same, deliverance.  Sometimes that deliverance is from physical affliction or oppression, but the greatest deliverance is of a spiritual nature.  If you have turned to God for salvation as He has established in His word you have been delivered from the law of sin and death.  We should rejoice in this and for the great love of our God and Savior.

We too are the right person for the job.  As part of the church we have a gift that together with others in the church makes up the ability to do what God has in mind for us.  As God’s people, He desires us to reach out to the lost and help them to be delivered just as we have been.  We all have a part in the process making us the “right person for the job!”

Copyright © 2003, Nolan P. Rutter

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