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.