Posted October 27, 2008
We continue this week of our study of the Book
of Esther. Last week we found this is the only book in the Bible
where God is never mentioned in any shape or form. Though He is
never mentioned He is the center of this Book.
The theme of this Book we found is
‘Providence’. I defined providence as ‘the unseen hand of
God in the glove of my history telling His Story’. We plan to
study ‘providence’ for some time before we enter the actual
study of Esther. We began last week looking at the ‘Beauty Of
Providence’ as the means of defining this great truth. In our
study of ‘The Illumination Of Providence’ we found that ‘He
is the determiner of all things’.
I now want to bring to our
attention that ‘He Is The Driver In All Things’. I recently
saw a powerful bumper sticker that read, ‘If God is your
co-pilot, stop and change drivers’. In a study of Psalm
135:5-10 we find in verse 5 the Psalmist tells us that ‘The Lord
is great’. The word ‘great’ has the meaning of the only
true God, the most high, and the God of all gods. In verse 6 we
find He does whatever He pleases in heaven, earth, seas, and all
deep places. In verse 7 we see all the elements of nature are under
His command. In verses 8-10 He brought great catastrophe and
destroyed mighty nations. The Bible says in I Samuel 2:3b, 6,7, “…for
the Lord is a God of knowledge and by Him actions are weighed. The
Lord killeth and maketh alive: He bringeth down to the grave and
bringeth up. The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: He bringeth low
and lifteth up. He raiseth the poor out of the dust and lifteth up
the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make
them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are
the LORD’S and He hath set the world upon them.” This is
certainly adequate proof that ‘He is the driver of all things’.
If you need further proof read Psalm 75:6-7 and Proverbs 21:1. We
can rest in the competence of our God. He is a tried and tested
driver at the wheel of my life.
We also find by way of illumination
that ‘He Is The Director Of All Things’. The Bible says in
Daniel 4:35, “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as
nothing” and he doeth according to his will in the army of
heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay
his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” I received my
Bible training in a college that is well known for it’s major
Shakespeare productions. I have been to Broadway productions as
well. I have never been as captivated with the play as much as those
who change the scenery. They are dressed in black and carry small
penlights. You just catch a glimpse of them every now and then.
Let us not be consumed with the changes in our life but with the
director who changes all. We catch a glimpse of Him often although
it may only be the hinder parts as He goes by. O to see Him in part
is often enough to get us through our day. Lord, open our eyes to
see your hand in the glove of our history directing all to the glory
of telling your story.
We find in our study of the Beauty
of Providence a subject I call ‘The Ignorance Of Providence’.
I am amazed at what the devil is said by some to be in charge of. In
I Kings 22:20-23 I find our God is in charge of ‘deception’.
He put a lying spirit in the heart of Ahab so he would go into
battle and meet his end. In II Thessalonians 2:7-11 we find our God
is in charge of ‘delusion’. He tells us that in the last
days He will send a strong delusion that they may believe a lie and
be damned with them that believe not. He is truly not a God to be
ignored or treated in a foolish manner.
I close our study of the Beauty of Providence with the ‘Illustration
Of Providence’. Providence is the means of somes down
sitting. He led Ahab into battle through deception that he
might be killed by an arrow shot at a venture. Caesar Augustus got
the idea to tax the people to better his army. Little did he know
it would bring Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem to give birth to the
King of Kings. He put it in Pilate’s heart to crucify Him and God
used His death to save a people for all eternity. Providence is
the means of somes uprising. His brothers sold Joseph into
slavery. He later said that they meant it for evil but God meant it
for good. Ruth the Moabitess returned with her mother-in-law from
Moab and neither of them had anything. Ruth one day happed on the
field of Boaz and found grace in his eyes. This favor placed her in
the line of Christ. Do you struggle or cooperate with the
Providence of God? I truly thank Him for putting His unseen hand in
the glove of my history to tell His Story.