For Such a Time

by Ali Smith

Bumping into someone you know, in a place you did not expect to see them, may have some thinking it was coincidence. Perhaps you have heard the phrase “It’s a small world after all”?  I would say this phrase often in situations like this. As a child I accepted these statements as truths and used the term coincidence to help understand these; as an adult, I realized the ways of the world had influenced my thoughts to explain the unexplainable.

Fast forward to just a few years ago, when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, my perspective on coincidence changed. Learning the realization that nothing is by chance with God at the helm of my life, knocked down many preconceived ideas I had, including ones about coincidence. Details and events are indeed orchestrated by God. The book of Esther illustrates this well with the following verse:

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish.

 And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?"

Esther 4:14 NIV

The phrase “for such a time as this” is awe-inspiring and has provided comfort to me. Queen Esther was placed in a “royal position” in preparation for “such a time as this”. It was orchestrated by God and was NOT a coincidence. If you find yourself thinking an event is happenstance or occurred by chance; challenge yourself to look at the ways in which God IS in control in the situation. Bringing you to this point and time “for such a time as this” to fulfill His purpose. Taking all doubt or mysterious explanations out of your thought process and replacing them with the teachings of Jesus and word of God as your cornerstone.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV

Mike Kocik