Lately my Facebook news feed has been clogged with angry and even panicked political rants. Last night as I got ready for bed, fear gripped me for a moment. There’s so much that’s scary. What kind of world will my children grow up in?
And then I remember the story of Queen Esther in the Bible, the lovely lady who saved her people, not with strident protest or military strength, but with courage, strength, grace, respect, and wisdom. Mordecai, her adoptive father, encouraged her: “Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
We, too, were born for such a time as this, and so were our children.
God has put us here, now, for a reason.
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you don’t have to worry about your kids. It’s an exciting time to be alive, not because there is nothing to fear, but because God is greater than our fear and has great plans for our families, for our children—for us!
He is not taken by surprise by any election result or Supreme Court verdict. He’s not in heaven wringing has hands and saying, “Wow, I didn’t see that one coming. Your family is doomed!”
He has hand-picked your children for today. It’s their hour, their time to shine, their time to be a light in a dark world, to overflow with the love of Christ, to impact the lives of those around them, to serve like Queen Esther…with courage, strength, grace, respect, and wisdom.
So if you’re tempted to bunker down and raise them in fear and despair, rise to the challenge. Raise your children to stand before kings if the opportunity arises. Raise them spiritually strong. Raise them with courage. Let them know that their future is bright, because they walk in the Light.
Give them this confidence: You were born for such a time as this.
Do you face your children’s future with fear or confidence? How can you raise them for such a time as this?
P.S. Check out this song by Wayne Watson, For Such a Time as This. An oldie but a goodie!