If you find yourself in uncertain times today, remember that God understands and is still at work. Trust Him to carry you through.
Esther is one of the strangest books in the Bible, at least partly because it does not once mention the name of God. Why? The answer I believe is because the author of Esther is using a rhetorical technique. As we read the book we are meant to hear in our head (over and over again) the name of God. When it seems that God is absent. When it seems that he is not near. When even his very name is banned or disqualified or canceled. Where is God? The book of Esther comes along and says: he is here; he has a plan; and he is with you.
How we need this message of the book of Esther today, in all our uncertainties, and how it reorientates us to the sovereign, majestic power of God. Even in life’s darkest vales, the bright light of the Word of God shines.
Esther faced many uncertainties in life. As an orphan, she had experienced the loss of family. As a young woman, she once again left behind all that was familiar to be whisked away to the palace as a potential new wife for the king. Even as queen, she knew she could lose her husband’s favor at any time and be discarded like her predecessor, Vashti. If that wasn’t enough, a new edict threatened to wipe out her people.
Even so, God used Esther’s position to carry out his larger plan. As her uncle Mordecai tells her, “Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14, esv).
Esther’s faithfulness led to the rescue of her people and a joyful feast of celebration. It also caused many others to turn to God (see 8:17). This points to our own ultimate rescue in Christ and the joy that comes with knowing him now and forever. If you find yourself in uncertain times today, remember that God understands and is still at work. Trust Him to carry you through.
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President and Founder
God Centered Life Ministries
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