Text: Esther 1-3; Psalm 119:81-96
Esther is unique in that it is the one book of the Bible that never mentions God. However, we indeed see the hand of God at work as He uses the young and beautiful Jewess, Esther, to accomplish his plan to protect and deliver His covenant people. In these opening chapters, we see the queen deposed and the Persian King (Ahasuerus is also known as Xerxes – the famous historical Persian emperor) chose her replacement. The process is not exactly godly, yet Esther ends up queen. We will find out in coming days’ reading that she is in just the right place at just the right time. God put her there with a plan and a purpose.
What about you and me? Do we appreciate that we are right where God has placed us? Even if our situation is difficult – a lousy boss, difficult family matters, an illness – wherever we are right now it is on account of His sovereign plan and purpose. That speaks volumes to the issue of our contentment. It speaks clearly to our need to rust God no matter what. And it speaks a marvelous word – “hope”!
in Him, Mike