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July 9, 2013

“The famine in Samaria was at its worst, so Ahab called in Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. (Obadiah was a devout worshiper of the Lord, and when Jezebel was killing the Lord’s prophets, Obadiah took a hundred of them, hid them in caves in two groups of fifty, and provided them with food and water.) Ahab said to Obadiah, ‘Let us go and look at every spring and every stream bed in the land to see if we can find enough grass to keep the horses and mules alive. Maybe we won’t have to kill any of our animals.’ They agreed on which part of the land each one would explore, and set off in different directions.

As Obadiah was on his way, he suddenly met Elijah.” (I Kings 18:2b-7, GNT)

Obadiah was in the right place at the right time – Providentially.  The first two people from the Bible that reminds me of are Esther * and Joseph**.  They both were put in a palace for God’s perfect timing.  He had a purpose for each of them that helped preserve His chosen people, the Jews.

Where has He put you?  Now don’t fight me on this.  I don’t want to hear that you’re a “nobody”.  Your heart is still beating and you have oxygen in your lungs, so you have a purpose.   God doesn’t create “nobodies”.  He gives each of us a purpose, which is His reason for us being here.  You may never be in a palace or the White House, but you still have more influence on the lives of other people than you realize!  What are those people going to become?  Where are their lives going to end up?   Think of the people that have made a huge impact on your life.  They helped shape you into the person you are today.  Your relationship with them will do the same for others.  You don’t just “happen” to live where you are right now.  It’s not “just a job” that you have.  There is a God-created purpose behind it all.

So, where has He put you?  I challenge you to ask the Father what your purpose is, what specifically you can do today to help encourage somebody you’ll talk to today.  It might be the person you’re in line with at the store.  If you really want to be amazed, ask the One Who runs the entire universe to use you today.  Then sit back and watch how intricate details weave together to create a scenario that even Hollywood couldn’t dream up.  It is truly an adrenaline rush for me when I see that God has used me in someone else’s life.  I find it so very fulfilling.  What purpose!

Now for a third time I’ll ask you: Where has He put you?

(Also see my post “ripples and tidal waves”)

* To read the short story of Esther, read the book in the Bible named after her.  It’s an incredible story.

** The ups and downs of Joseph’s life are found in Genesis 30:24-25, 33:2-7, 35:24, and chapters 37-50.  In order to get the full effect of the high level of dysfunction in his family, go back to the story of his father Jacob in Genesis 25, 27-37, 42, and 45-50.

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