For Such A Time As This……..

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

This quote is from a conversation Gandalf had with Frodo in the movie Fellowship of the Rings. They were in the mines inside a mountain and many things had already gone wrong. Frodo expressed his despair. Gandalf in his wisdom shared what he did.

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It seems SO FITTING to what we are experiencing at this time. None of us wish the global pandemic had happened in our lifetime with all of the struggles we have had to endure. But that is not for us to decide.

What is for us to decide is what we will do with the time we are given. It reminds me of what Mordecai said to Esther in Esther 4 when things looked bleak for the Jewish people in captivity:

“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?”

We do not choose the times we are born into or the troubles in the world during the time we live. But we can choose how we will respond. We can choose to show the love of Jesus. We can choose to be the hands of Jesus in this world.

I am not happy to see what is going on around me in the world. I really wish it had not happened in my lifetime. But God has a purpose for me in this time. The question is whether I want to partner with God in that purpose.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

39 thoughts on “For Such A Time As This……..

  1. Ah yes, when we look at history, has there ever been a perfect era? Not really. There has always been “wars & rumors of war” . Yes, my heart is sad at the current state of things. BUT, God chose for me to live now. It’s up to me if I do His work or just sit back and let things happen. I choose to serve Him.

  2. Great post! I often tell my children to repeat after me, “I was created on purpose for a purpose.” I teach them that God planned them long ago and chose them to be born at this very time in history to use the gifts He gave them to make a impact in the earth. We are all here on purpose with a divine purpose for this very moment. The One who hung the stars has chosen to place us here at this time for specific divine destiny. I think of Esther when she was to plead the case of the Jews before the King and Mordecai said, ” Perhaps you are here for such a time at this.” I believe we are ALL here for such a time as this!

  3. So glad I choose Him daily!! Thank you for the reminder that in the midst of chaos and darkness we can still celebrate because we live in and through His light ❤️

  4. My first thought was…that’s not fair he beat me to it. I thought you used the Lord of the Rings quote I used in something in my drafts. Nope. You didn’t. Lol… I used a different line from the movie. I’m good now. But you did use my “Show them Jesus.” from another piece. I can live with that. Lol. 😀 Great post bro…. as always.

  5. So true brother Matt….we get stuck in icky circumstances that we didnt choose/ wish for. Even if we can’t control the situation, we can control our reaction 🎀🙏🏼🤗💐🎀🙏🏼

  6. great post, my friend. I told our girls that this time we live in is wonderful, can you imagine going through such a time, without internet and social media? I think we would go crazy 🙂 🙂 For such a time as this… life barely stopped compared to the earlier pandemics 🙂 🙂

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