Have you ever been in a position of power or influence? No matter who you are, you have a position of influence in the world. We may think that positions are given out at random, but I would submit to you that God gives every person their position for a specific purpose. I would like to share with you two examples of men who God raised up for specific purposes.
The first one is Pharaoh. Romans 9:17 tells us, "For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth." God had a specific purpose in giving power to Pharaoh. He wanted to show His power. Pharaoh could have let the Israelites go the first time Moses asked, but he didn’t. In the end, God used Pharaoh’s disobedience to glorify Himself.
The other example is Cyrus. King Cyrus was the king of Persia. We may think that King Cyrus became powerful because he was an epic military leader, but that’s not true. Cyrus says in Ezra 1:2, "The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah." You see, God raised Cyrus up and gave him a great empire. Why? So Cyrus would have the resources to build the Lord a temple in Jerusalem. And guess what! Cyrus, unlike Pharaoh, chose to glorify God through his obedience.
So what position has God ordained you for? I would like to challenge you. No matter what position you have been given in life, seek out God’s will and do it. You may not be a king of a great nation, but God wants to use you just the same. He used a little boy’s lunch in John 6:9. He used a servant girl in 2 Kings 5:2-3. He has given you your place in life for a specific purpose.
Will you seek out that purpose and fulfill it?