By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal
“And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.”
You cannot read the book of Esther without seeing the providence of God throughout the whole book. God knew the heart of Haman, and He knew what Haman would try to do. Before Haman ever held the position to influence the king to destroy the Jews, God began to set in place the person who would save the Jews from total destruction. Of all the women that the king could have chosen to be queen, he “coincidentally” chose Esther, a Jew, the person whom God used to save the Jews. There are several lessons in this book that will help you understand more about God’s providence in your life.
First, God prepares in your life well before the “such a time as this” moment. You must never doubt the providence of God in your life. You don’t have to know what God is doing for Him to be working in your life. God oftentimes works behind the scenes without your knowledge to prepare things for you in the future. Sometimes those behind-the-scenes works don’t seem good for you at the moment, but when looking back after God has shown His power, you will understand how He was preparing your life through those adverse and unknown circumstances.
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Second, God can turn the heart of the powerful to make His will happen in your life. Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” Never try to go around the authorities in your life because God is able to turn their heart to your good. You may think that your situation will never change because of those in charge, but God’s providence is working to turn their heart even when you don’t see it.
Third, God allows the bad so that the good may come. One would think that Haman’s promotion was a bad thing, but it became good through God’s omnipotence. God was providentially working through the bad to make the good come to light. It will sometimes get worse before it gets better. God is not surprised by the bad that is happening in your life. You must remember that “bad” will probably occur before God shows His power through your life.
Fourth, God’s “such a time as this” will not happen in your life without total sacrifice on your half. Esther had to be willing to put her life on the line before God could use her, and you must hold nothing back for God to do His work through your life. God has never shown His power in anyone’s life without them first being willing to sacrifice all for His cause. Your investment of total sacrifice for God’s cause is what shows God that you are a worthy investment of His power. If you truly want God to work through your life, you must be willing to sacrifice all for Him.
Fifth, you must embrace your heritage before the “such a time as this moment” happens in your life. Esther had to reveal her heritage before God used her to save the Jews. Likewise, you cannot compromise your heritage and expect God to show His power through your life. God uses those the most who are unashamed of Him and their heritage.
It comes down to one word, trust. My friend, you must trust that God is providentially working in your life through every situation if you want God to work mightily through you.
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