“…who can say but that God has brought you into the palace for just such a time as this?” ~ Esther 4:14
How much influence can one, solitary voice really have?
Moses spoke and the Israelites were set free from slavery.
Esther spoke and the Jews were saved from extermination.
Jesus spoke and Lazarus arose from the grave.
Martin Luther spoke and common people were able to read the Bible for themselves.
Billy Graham spoke and millions of people were saved.
King Solomon’s pagan wives spoke and turned his heart away from God.
King Cyrus spoke, and God used a pagan king to liberate the Israelites.
Hitler spoke and millions of Jews died horrible deaths.
Madeleine Murray O’Hare spoke and our schools lost the right to pray.
Osama bin Laden spoke and thousands of people died on 9/11.
They were real people who became famous – or infamous – because they spoke up – or failed to. We tend to think, “Well…I’m not like them…” But have you ever thought about the people who influenced them? Whether it was a mother, father, friend, or spouse, you can believe they had someone.
At one point in my life I was feeling particularly insignificant and having a pity party for Vicki. As I prayed, someone I care about and deeply admire came to my mind and I said, “I want to be more like [her], Lord! She really makes a difference. I feel like I don’t contribute anything of value here.” His response was, “Yes, but she listens to you…” At that moment, I knew the truth of his words and realized that, although I may not have a wide sphere of influence, God can take the words I speak to just one person and, like ripples in a pond, cast that truth far and wide. I was amazed and truly humbled.
There is no limit to what one person can do who is fully dedicated, surrendered and open to God. One person's prayers through the Holy Spirit can move mountains. No problem you face is insurmountable when seen through the eyes of Heaven. When you hear that still small voice whispering truth into your heart, speak up! You never know but that you were created for just that moment. Focus on God, not the problem, and the significance of what you face will dissipate in the light of His glorious power. So, if you ever feel insignificant, just remember that God created you with a voice and a purpose, and you have God’s ear. He is listening…!
Prayer: Father God, thank you for the privilege of being able to talk to you with the assurance you always hear my prayers. Help me to serve you with an open heart and a willing spirit so that your purpose can be fulfilled in my life. When I feel like I don’t matter, Lord, remind me that I am so important to you that you sent your Son to die for me. Without you, Lord, my voice is just empty words, but through the power of your Holy Spirit, my prayers become a symphony of hope, love, wisdom, and encouragement to bless my family, friends, and the world around me. Fill my mind with your thoughts, my mouth with your words, my heart with your desires, and use me in whatever you will this day, in Jesus’ name, amen.
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:6-9
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” ~ Mark 11:23
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ John 8:32
Hebrews 11 – The Faith Chapter