Updated: Sep 6, 2019
Recently I was listening to a sermon from the solid Bible teacher John MacArthur. The sermon was titled: Esther - For Such A Time As This. Here is an excerpt from that sermon:
"While you're going through life and trying to make sure you fix all of the little pieces of your life, understand this: that there is over and in, above and below your life a divine architect ordering every detail. And if you belong to Him and are in the covenant of His love, He is accomplishing His perfect will. And you can rest in that, you can rest in that. The Lord is still on the throne. These are challenging days to live in. You can become pretty distressed about the way things are going, the way things are going in the world is chaotic, disconcerting, troubling, disturbing, distressing, and in some ways frightening. Not so in the kingdom. The divine architect is ordering our lives, those of us who belong to Him and are in covenant love with Him. He is ordering our lives to His eternal glory, every part. How wonderful to live in that confidence, amen?"
What a wonderful reminder that is. God is ordering our lives and we, as believers, can have that hope.
So, what can we learn from Esther? What have I learned from Esther?
1. Loving others is one of the most beautiful things we can do.
2. Our strength does NOT come from us. We can thank God for that.
3. Beauty should NOT make us boastful.
Esther has so many other pieces of wisdom. The Book of Esther does not mention the name of God. I know that some perceive this as God being silent, or that he doesn't care about us. But that simply isn't true. Was God simply being silent? We know that God doesn't speak to us in the same way he spoke to Adam and Eve or as he spoke to Moses from the burning bush. Hebrews 1:1-2 "Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to use by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world."
We can still hear God even in his silence. When the world and all of the things around it seem to come crashing down around us. We may ask, "God, where are you?" We may think He isn't present. We may look for a sign. The best way to hear God speak is through His word. The Word of God. The Word is ALIVE. Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
Powerful, huh? Yeah, that is the Word of God. God isn't silent. The Bible speaks to us today. The Bible isn't simply telling us what God said in the past. It is telling us what God is still saying. God is sovereign. His sovereignty and faithfulness can be felt throughout the book of Esther, and felt throughout our lives. God is always present, even if it feels like he is silent.
Esther 4:14 "For if you remain silent this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will rise from another place, but you and your father's family will persish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?"