Oh, how the tables have turned! Those who intended to harm God's people found themselves in harm's way instead.
The book of Esther doesn't mention God or prayer, yet as this story reaches its climax it is clear that the sovereign Lord has been at work behind the scenes. And to this day the festival of Purim is celebrated to commemorate the deliverance of the Jews from the hands of those who would destroy them. It is certainly a theme that has played out many times in world history!
But while Esther, Mordecai, and all the Jews in the Persian Empire were in the midst of the story, it sure looked like things were spinning out of control.
Can you relate?
We think life should go a certain way, we think we know what we want to happen, and so often we seem to be on the brink of disaster in some area of our lives.
But God works according to his plan, his timeline, not ours.
Two lessons we take away from today's conclusion of the book of Esther:
1. Spiritual growth is seldom instantaneous. Esther was queen for 5 years before it became evident that God had placed her in just the right spot "for such a time as this." (Esther 4:14)
2. The wicked sometimes seem to have the upper hand. But God will deal with them (Prov. 11:21).
There are even larger themes examined during today's message: the nature of justice, hell, and the ulitmate sacrifice that enables us to belong in God's kingdom.
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