esther: God in the details
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Esther 1-3, Jeremiah 29:11-13
Text: Esther 1-3, Jeremiah 29:11-13
The book of Esther is only one of two books in the Bible that never specifically mentions God (the other is Song of Solomon), and yet, God is everywhere. Though we may not see His name, we see His hand. Though we may not hear His voice, we hear His promise.
Esther was an orphan girl raised by Mordecai, an honorable man who took her as his own and loved her well. A motherless child from humble means, she could not know she would grow into a powerful, influential woman. A young, Jewish exile would not dream of being taken into the palace as its queen. And yet, none of this was mere coincidence. God was in the details.
God was in the timing when Esther spent what must have felt like forever in the process of being “beautified” before being taken to the king and auditioned as the former queen’s replacement.
God was around the palace as Mordecai walked by each day, hoping to catch a glimpse of his beloved Esther.
God was there as Mordecai happened to overhear a plot to assassinate the king, at a time when Mordecai happened to have access to Esther, who happened to have access to the king and could therefore intervene and save his life – the very act that would later help gain the king’s favor when they beseech him to save the Jews.
Confused yet? The plot of this book is complex, but the point is, God is there. He is in the details.
This is God’s story. The time is on God’s clock. And it is not complex to Him.
“God is not freaked out.” I recently texted this über theological statement to a dear friend facing a huge decision, one of those impossible life choices where every answer feels right and wrong all at once. The unknown can be downright terrifying. But God? He is not afraid. He just isn’t, and I am so. incredibly. thankful.
We aren’t explicitly told of Esther’s faith, but we can sense it in her. Love, peace, patience, faithfulness, self-control — we see these fruits in her (Galatians 5:22-23). And in tomorrow’s reading, we will see faith at work in the way she carries out her calling.
Life is so complicated. But God calls us to trust Him. To rest in Him as He holds us in His hands, as He fulfills His promise to work the details of our everything together for our good.