Today’s read is from Kathleen Bustamante, a freelance writer and college writing instructor in Portland, Oregon. Here’s an excerpt:
Since March of 2020, Americans have observed the crippling effects of fear on a nation. Twelve months have passed since many of us have seen close family and friends in person. We have witnessed depression and anxiety skyrocket. Satan deals in fear, and the last twelve months have proven to be his year to shine.
Fear itself is not sinful; wallowing in fear is. Scripture commands followers of Christ to avoid wallowing.
Recently, during my quiet time with the Lord, a statement popped into my head just as despondence threatened to overwhelm me: You were born for such a time as this.
In Esther 4:14, these famous words hailed from Mordecai’s mouth as Esther quaked at the thought of approaching a king on behalf of her people: “…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 royal position for such a time as this?”
Most likely, Esther asked God at the height of her fears, “Why me? Why now?” Surely these questions have crossed the minds of many believers over the last twelve months. As the worldwide Church endures increasing persecution, we wonder what our place is in all of this. Why you? Why me?
Read the entire column here.