Not by chance (Esther 1-5)

14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

Question: “Do you believe in change?”  Often I hear people comment, “boy, that was luck,” or “I was sure lucky there.”  Read the next few words carefully: “There is no such thing as change or luck.”

The Bible teaches us the following: “God is sovereign in the affairs of men.”

God is always at work.  Certainly I know there are moments when it seems just the opposite:

  • Sometimes it seems as if God is powerless.
  • Sometimes it seems as if God is asleep.
  • Sometimes it seems as if God is indifferent.
  • Sometimes it seems as if God does not care.

The fact is, God is all-power; never off the clock, always engaged, and always caring for humanity.  Here in the book of Esther we see this so clearly. Yes, I know, the name of God is never mentioned in this book, but His sovereign control is everywhere in the book.

  • How else could you explain: A conquered people having one of their own elevated the position of Queen of Persia.
  • How else could you explain:  “A condemned  people having one who is in a position of influence.

Esther had been given life in this particular season of Israel’s history because God was sovereign in the affairs of men.

Question:  “Do things seem to be out of control in your life or in the lives of people in your world?”  Take heart, God is in control.  Here are 4 suggestions that are not by chance:

  1. Trust God with all your moments, Romans 8:28-38.
  2. Rely on God in your tough moments, Hebrews 13:6.
  3. Walk with God’s protection in every moment, Exodus 14:13-14.
  4. Wait for Him when you can’t see His hand at work, Galatians 6:9.

The Words of Paul are amazing to my heart.  I leave them with you, Ephesians 1:19-21

19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe,according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

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