In this clip I shared in Sunday’s message,
Frodo and Gandalf
Frodo reflects on a conversation he had with Gandalf, concerning his wish the Ring had not come to him. Gandalf says,
“All you have to do is to decide what to do with the time that has been given to you.”
Isn’t that a great spiritual answer for us today? We may not like the times we’re living in. Things may be extremely difficult for us. We may feel we are not up to the challenges God has placed before us. The thing is, we do not always have control over the adversities we face, the choice for us is how we deal with them when they come.
In the book of Esther, after she has been made queen and Haman has convinced the king to order all Jews to be killed, Mordecai calls on Esther a Jewish woman, to appeal to the king on behalf of her people. She replies to him about the danger of appearing before the king uninvited. He says to her,
14 “…If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)
Just as Frodo in this scene considers what Gandalf said and then garners courage and moves forward with the task he had been given, Esther after what Mordecai says, considered his words and,
15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.” 17 So Mordecai went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him. (Esther 4:15-17).
She does follow through, and with her courage in so doing, saves her people.
In fulfilling our role in God’s great EPIC story, we must realize that we too, must decide what to do with the time we’ve been given. I urge you as Frodo in the scene I shared and as Esther did for her people, act upon your faith and serve God.