We are studying in our Wednesday studies the book of Esther. As we completed our study this past Wednesday, I was left with the very interesting thought about how God works in the midst of world affairs to perform His far greater plans. Let me explain. In the 1st chapter of the book of Esther, Queen Vashti refuses to come entertain her drunken husband and his cohorts who have been on a drinking and partying binge for a week straight. For Queen Vashti to stand up to Xerxes in this manner was profoundly significant. For Queen Vashti to consider the prospect of being ogled by a drunken crowd was probably pretty offensive. Ancient Jewish historians report that she was only to be wearing her crown, an even less appealing prospect. But it is in Queen Vashti’s decision to refuse to come be exhibited by her husband that the whole story of Esther hinges.
It is Vashti’s refusal to come before the king that results in King Xerxes, in a drunken stupor and under the counsel of his drunken advisors, banishing Queen Vashti from her position as queen. This then opens the door for Esther to be brought into the picture and into the palace. She then becomes part of God’s plan in delivering Judah from their destruction at the hateful hand of Haman. It is strange how many times God takes seemly unrelated things and connects them together to perform His will. Had Vashti simply been obedient to Xerxes’ request, a whole different circumstance would have had to occur for the deliverance of Judah. For I certainly agree with Mordecai who told Esther in the 14th verse of the 5th chapter, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”
The one striking feature of the Book of Esther is that God is never mentioned in the book. Never, yet His fingerprints are everywhere. We need to see the fingerprints of God in world affairs and perhaps even more importantly in our own personal lives. Understanding how God works and moves in our world is critically important in helping us to discern God’s leading and God’s direction. We tend to get so busy filling up our lives with stuff that we miss the divine appointments God would have us experience each day. I saw the unusual fingerprints of God this week in a check that came from Horizon medical insurance. I was shocked to see a letter from these folks as they had not been our carrier for at least the last 5 years. When I opened the letter there was a check for $82 for prescription drug reimbursement from November 2004 and March 2005. Amazing. It even included a $.65 cent interest payment. Only God could do that. Aren’t the fingerprints of God a great thing to look for everyday in our lives? I hope you are looking for His handiwork and fingerprints every day in your life. Give Him all the praise for He alone is worthy.
All for Jesus,