Today’s Scripture: Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:13-14

I’m often asked if I could choose a time period in which to live, which one it would be. People are surprised when I tell them I would live right now.

But isn’t it a shame that we live in a country and society increasingly bent on ungodliness? Sure, but we also live in an exciting time with unbelievable opportunities to share God’s love.

Technology has enabled us to reach more people with the gospel than ever before through the mediums of television, radio, and the Internet. You can log onto your computer virtually anywhere in the world and study the Bible. There were times when entire communities had only one worn Bible to their name.

I believe that God is in control, and He put us right where we are for a purpose. That purpose is to share His love with those around us. In this age of terrorism and economic uncertainty, people are looking more and more for the answer to life’s questions. Guess what? We have it.

I don’t believe God wants us pining for some vintage of our past when everything was right in the world. First of all, that is a myth. And secondly, God has called us to live right now, as we see in the life of Esther – for such a time as this.

Wherever you are, wherever God has placed you, seize your opportunities and live for Him. We were called not to live in the past or the future, but right now.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder