At All Times, in All Places
Our good Father, for his people, is at work at all times and in all places. This is what I hope we see during our time in the story of Esther. In the Book of Exodus, on the one hand, we see God at work in a demonstrably visible way. It is hard to ignore one of the plagues, let alone the ten blows leveled against Pharaoh to help alleviate his ignorance (Remember what he asked? “Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go?”). On the other hand, the book of Esther gives us a much-needed narrative of God at work in that which is not spectacular — that which is silent and often behind the scenes. When we pick up our story on Sunday and get introduced to Esther and Mordecai, we will see that four years elapsed between Vashti and Esther. It would be another five years before King Headache’s edict comes to destroy God’s people. What was the Lord up to, for his people in the Persian Kingdom, during those years that set the stage for the book’s most famous verse — And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this (4:14)? We do not know. The story is silent. From this, we learn not to underestimate what the Lord is up to during what seems to be silent, ordinary, quiet years. He is at work at all times and in all places for the good of his people. The Book of Esther reminds me often of one of my favorite quotes — “God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” May Esther be a tremendous source of encouragement for us as we will all taste seasons of silence and ordinariness.
Trusting in Providence Together,