May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

ESTHER 1-5

Focus Verse: On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar and Carkas, the seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus, to bring Queen Vashti before the king with her royal crown in order to display her beauty to the people and the princes, for she was beautiful.
Esther 1:10-11

 

This is a random passage for a focus verse…but that’s exactly how God works – through random events that don’t make any sense to us.

 

The book of Esther is named for its main character, but I think the actual main character in the story is God. If I were in charge of picking the title of Esther, I would title it, The Secret Workings of the Grand Weaver. Aren’t you glad I’m not in charge of naming books of the Bible?

 

God isn’t mentioned at all in Esther, yet He is clearly the main character. There aren’t any flashy miracles, any huge military victories in which God goes before the Israelite army and defeats their foes, no huge “God intervention” like we’ve seen in other books of the Bible.

 

Yet through every situation, God is present and working His magic behind the scenes.

 

Esther is such a good example of how God works through everyday life. Now maybe you’re life is categorized by miracles, signs and wonders every day. If so, good for you! Mine personally is not, but that doesn’t mean that God isn’t moving. I think that all of our lives are categorized by daily miracles, I just don’t think that we see all of them.

 

The book of Esther speaks to that, and it all starts with King Xerxes getting drunk and summoning his wife to come show off her beauty to all of his friends. Not really how you’d expect a great move of God to start, is it? But think about it, if Xerxes doesn’t get drunk, he most likely doesn’t call on his wife to do something ridiculous (excessive alcohol and ridiculous behavior often go hand in hand), if he doesn’t call Queen Vashti to do something ridiculous, Vashti doesn’t disobey the King, and if Vashti doesn’t disobey the King, then Xerxes never replaces her with Esther.

 

There is no book of Esther if King Xerxes doesn’t get drunk. Moral of the story, go out and get wasted so that you can help the next Esther take her rightful place. NO! Please do not take that from this story.

 

The point of the story is that God is really good at getting us where He wants us to be. The point of the story is that God can redeem our mistakes and the mistakes of others (yes, Xerxes getting drunk was a mistake, not a noble deed) and use them for His perfect will to be done.

 

No one will question that it was an absolute miracle that Esther was in a position to request that King Xerxes save the Jewish people from the genocide that his official, Haman had planned for them; that Esther and Mordecai found more favor with Xerxes than Haman, his closest advisor.

 

So even though Xerxes getting drunk doesn’t look like a miracle, Vashti being exiled doesn’t look like a miracle, Esther being chosen as a finalist in a beauty competition doesn’t look like a miracle…they all add up to a piece of art that could only be crafted by the Grand Weaver, the God of all creation.

 

So rejoice today! God is weaving your mundane into a work of art! Making copies today might be the lynchpin in His perfect plan to do something amazing. Walking your dog could be an integral part of someone else’s salvation. You never know what God is going to use in His plan of redemption. Actually you do…He is going to use all things as we are told in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

 

You have been called to HIS purpose! There is no such thing as ordinary for you anymore! As you walk in obedience to Him, every step you take is a miracle that the Grand Weaver is using to advance His Kingdom! Now THAT is a promise to walk in!

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