Daily Devotions

This is My Cross to Bear: A time such as this

When Hathach told Mordecai what Esther had said, Mordecai sent her this message: “Don’t think that just because you live in the king’s house you’re the one Jew who will get out of this alive. If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made a queen for just such a time as this.

Esther 4:13-14 MSG

Good Morning Beautiful,

Rise and Shine and give God the glory today! God has His hands on you, and He is calling your name to do special work in you. Don’t you know that we all have a path carved out with our names on it; God has called each one of us individually to work in His kingdom. Jesus has made us unique in this mission, but each one has a cross to carry.

Being faithful in Christ means enduring some things that we would not physically or mentally choose for ourselves. However, not once did God ever say that serving Him would be easy. God called YOU this morning to say yes and pick up the cross to follow after Him.

We can’t always understand why God has placed specific trials in our lives. Nor understand why it seems that we are still fighting battle after battle. I do know that God has called you for a time such as this. Right here and right now, this is where God has you. Everything that you have ever questioned God is saying yes, yes this is a part of the plan. You weren’t born in the wrong year; you weren’t born into the wrong family—you are where God has called you.

Are you willing this morning? Ready to step out into the murky waters, away from the shoreline? Choosing to let go of a place of comfort for a spot of discomfort? Can you choose to make the hard decisions knowing that it is the best decision to make? We all have choices, so which are you accepting Christ or this World?

Four truths about God

  1. God has a divine purpose to accomplish in this world1
  2. God accomplishes His purpose through people1
  3. God will accomplish His purpose even if His servants refuse to obey His will.1
  4. God isn’t in a hurry but will fulfill His plans in due time1

You are not alone

In learning these new truths about God, I can imagine the question being, “how does this work for me?” Where is God in the midst of my trial? Why does it seem as though He is taking so long to bless me? Why does it feel everyone around me is receiving, and I’m still waiting?

In the book of Esther, it too appears that God is absent, and He isn’t working. But God does not forget about His people. God called Esther for a time such as this, and she too had to pick up the Cross and follow after Jesus.

One thing that we know for certain, God has a plan. You best believe that He will carry the plan out. The big question is, will it be through you or someone else? Trust in God, knowing that He knows your beginning and your expected ending. As the scripture reads, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Why we should trust God’s plan

God is never in a hurry (which may seem inconvenient for some). He knows the end from the beginning, and His decrees are always right and always on time. God wants you to choose Him not because of obligations or because you feel forced to do it, but God wants you to choose because it is what your heart desires.

God is Undisturbed and unhindered; two words we may not like to hear. However, we can not force God to move faster for our purposes. God is an all-powerful God, and there is nothing too hard for Him to do. You have to trust and believe in that. To move forward, we must have radical faith believing that God can and will do what He says. Faith involves trusting God, trusting His timing, and trusting His plans for our lives. Trusting the plans God has for us even when they don’t make sense.


  1. How have you seen God moving in your life lately? Big or small write it down and remember God is still there even when it doesn’t feel like He is.

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  1. Wiersbe, W. W. (2007). The Wiersbe Bible Commentary: The complete Old Testament in one volume. Colorado Springs, CO, CO: David C. Cook.

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Chasing my dreams and holding on to the hope that I will one day be everything that God has called me to be.

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