I finished my study of Ruth and my questions for the first lesson in Esther. In preparation for Bible Study class, I began to read some commentaries. I always reach for the wisdom of Warren Wiersbe. I appreciate his depth while maintaining simplicity as he shares his thoughts on scripture.
Dr. Wiersbe’s commentary began with a comparison of Ruth and Esther. He noted that Ruth was the poor woman in the fields and that Esther was the beautiful woman who had the advantage of becoming Queen. He also noted that it was a possibility that before Esther was chosen to be Queen, Mordecai and Esther were not practicing Jews. Esther 2:20 says that Mordecai and Esther did not make it known that they were Jewish. The commentary continues that they may not have followed certain laws found in Leviticus. Had they done so people would have known their background. Perhaps they simply weren’t asked so they didn’t divulge any information on their own.
We usually think we have to have our “act” all together before God would consider using us. Regardless of where these women were economically or spiritually, God used them to accomplish great things. So, what is it I want you to remember today? I want you to remember that regardless of where you are God wants to use you. Regardless of your position God wants to use you. Regardless of where you think you are in your walk with Christ (because we ALL think we should be more spiritual, more bold, more mature, more….whatever!) God wants to use you right now, right where you are!
Ruth came to a decision to follow Naomi’s God. Esther came to a point where she needed to follow her God. Today may be the day we decide that wherever we are, whatever we have or have not done, you and I are where God has placed us and we are where He can use us for His glory. Decide to follow Jesus today and to be available to Him. As for your weaknesses… yeah…. He uses those, too. He can always use you!
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves in Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.