“On the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them.” Esther 9:1b
Well, we have come to the end of the book of Esther. Although this book has revealed many beautiful attributes of God’s character, one attribute stands out among the rest because of how often it is displayed in this story - God always works in a supernaturally natural way. We saw it first when God arranged for Queen Vashti to be replaced by Esther and then gave her special favor with the king. We continued to see it when God arranged for Moredicai to have access to both Esther and the affairs of the kingdom. Then God arranged for the casting of the “pur” or “lot” which gave the Jewish people eleven months of warning before they were to be destroyed. Then God arranged that Haman would not be able to kill Mordecai immediately. Then God arranged for Esther to have multiple banquets with the king in order to continue to gain his favor. Then God arranged for Haman’s anger to peak on one particular day. Then God arranged for the king to have a sleepless night where he would end up reading about Mordecai’s good works in a book of records. And now in Esther 9 we will see how God arranged it so that when “the enemies of the Jews hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them.”
Through this entire story, God arranged every little detail in order to accomplish His will, all while allowing Haman to do his own thing, the king to do his own thing, Mordecai and Esther to do their own things and even all the enemies of the Jews to do their own thing. In other words, God works out His will for His eternal plan even when we continue to do our own thing. Therefore, it is only those who choose to see that God arranges everything and is in control that will experience the blessing of submitting to His perfect will. Maybe you have been doing your own thing lately and now find yourself in an unbearable trial. Know this - God is arranging everything according to His perfect will for He is faithful to keep His promises. Rather than fight Him, you will experience the most blessing by submitting to Him and watching His beautiful plan unfold before you.
Join us Wednesday night as we open Esther 9 and 10 and conclude this wonderful book. God bless you all and hope to see you there!