May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017

ESTHER 6-10

Focus Verse: During that night the king could not sleep so he gave an order to bring the book of records, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. It was found written what Mordecai had reported concerning Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs who were doorkeepers, that they had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. The king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” Then the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.”
Esther 6:1-3

 

You cannot tell me that this is simply coincidence. I’m sorry, but if you have the faith to believe that random events can pull something like this off but you don’t have enough faith to believe in a God working behind the scenes, there’s something wrong with that picture. Chaos just simply doesn’t produce this kind of order.

 

Once again (tag-teaming off of yesterday’s devotional), the Grand Weaver strikes in the simplest of ways. What is the lynchpin in the plot of today’s story? King Xerxes can’t sleep. Nothing grand about that miracle, is there? But because King Xerxes can’t sleep, he pulls out and dusts off a few history books (always a good call to help put you to sleep). Again, nothing miraculous. In this particular history book, King Xerxes reads about a fellow named Mordecai who stopped an assassination plot against him. Again, maybe a little coincidental, but nothing super spectacular. But add the fact that all of this happens the night before Haman is going to execute Mordecai for refusing to bow to him and you’ve got yourself the kind of God-timed miracle that only the Grand Weaver could pull off.

 

If we learn anything from the book of Esther it is this: God’s timing is perfect. God’s plan is perfect. You can trust in both.

 

There is so much more that could be covered in this story – how God uses Haman’s pride to bless Mordecai, how God doesn’t take the Jewish people away from these attacks on them, but gives them the power to fight through it…so many examples – REAL LIFE EXAMPLES – of how God is in the business of taking suffering and turning into victory in ways that only He could pull off.

 

So the question is, what is your trial and are you trusting God through it? It isn’t easy. In fact, sometimes trusting God through it is harder than the actual trial. But HE HAS A PURPOSE. If He doesn’t deliver from it, please believe that He is growing you through it and the outcome will be so much better than anything you could plan.

 

God has proven Himself faithful over and over again to so many people. He is worthy of your trust…even if you can’t see it right now…just hold on and let Him prove Himself to you.

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