It will turn out differently than you are thinking (Esther 6-10)

 Now in the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s command and edict were about to be carried out, on the very day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, the reverse occurred: the Jews gained mastery over those who hated them. Esther 9:1

I love the book of Esther. I never get tired of considering all of its story lines and yes I love the happy ending. But above all I love the reminders of the Providence of God. What is the Providence of God? This is God’s working behind the scenes (when you don’t see Him or feel Him) to bring all things together for His glory and our good. Some people call this the Romans 8:28 principle.

I hope you will take the time to read Esther 6-10 today before you proceed any further in this blog. If you do not, you will miss the point of what God wants to say to you today. In chapters 6-10 God providentially works in the following ways:

  1. He uses small things. The King was unable to sleep so he read the royal book of good deeds which had recorded Mordecai’s kindness to the king. To the kings surprise, he had failed to honor Mordecai. Wow, this small thing turned things around for a condemned man.
  2. He uses someone’s position. Queen Esther placed her life on the line for the sake of her countrymen. She leveraged her position to save others.
  3. God used sorrow to enhance joy. When the king had issued the decree for their death, the people of God wept and mourned. But God turned their sorrow into joy. Their joy was enhanced by the sorrow of the past.

Question: What is God doing in your life?

Check out Psalm 97:10-12:

10 O you who love the Lord, hate evil!
    He preserves the lives of his saints;
    he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown[a] for the righteous,
    and joy for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
    and give thanks to his holy name!

Today, my Providential working God challenged me in the following ways:

  1. I will trust God to work out all things in His time, Gal. 6:9.
  2. I will surrender every circumstance in my life knowing, He is able, Rom. 8:31.
  3. I will spend my time helping those who cannot help themselves, James 1:26-27.

2 questions:

  1. What is God saying to you today?
  2. In what areas do you need to take your hand off?

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