Let us conclude our study this week in the great book of Esther. Our theme has been that of Providence. We have defined providence as the hand of God in the glove of my history telling His story. We wrote last time on ‘The Blessing Of Providence’. I often see providence as my enemy and not my friend. Providence will ultimately produce blessing for the child of God.
In Chapter 9, verses 17-19 we find ‘The Praise Of Our Blessing’. Praise is to be a great part of our worship. Our Lord told the woman at the well to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Worship is when I bow in my spirit to the truth that He has revealed to my heart. In verses 18-19 I see Mordecai and Esther when they ‘Bow To The Truth Of Providence’. What is to be gained by bowing to providence? I see them ‘resting’. This word means to let life flow and don’t try to direct it. It has the idea of quiet comfort when all around your soul is giving way. There was also ‘gladness’ which is happiness not based on ones happenings. In verse 19 there was ‘fasting’ which is the banquet at the house of wine. This banquet speaks of death to self and conquered by Him. This praise also involved ‘sharing’. True praise will always affect the giving. There will be great freedom with the purse when true worship and praise is offered.
I notice in Chapter 9 and verse 26 they ‘Bow To The Truth Of Purim’. The word ‘Purim’ means ones lot in life. The Bible tells us in Proverbs that every man’s lot in life was cast before time began. You may have disgust for your lot in life but let me remind us that this disgust is an attack on the ordained will of God. Horatio Spafford after losing his daughters to death at sea penned these words above their watery grave. “When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll, Whatever my lot thou hast taught me to say, It is well, It is well with my soul.” There is no greater blessing of praise in prayers then when we bow to whatever my lot in life is with a soul that is well before Him.
In this book as we examine the life of Mordecai, a picture of faith, we find ‘Faith’s Progression’. In verse 2:12 we see faith pacing at the gate. In 5:13-14 faith could see the gallows while not pacing but is now sitting at the gate. In 10:3 we find faith reigning as second in command over the kingdom. That, my friend, is progression. I see also in our text ‘Faith’s Pinnacle’. In 2:12 there is weak faith, in 5:14 we see little faith, and in 10:3 we find the highest or great faith.
I wonder who wrote this book, Esther, Mordecai, or do you think the unseen hand of God is reaching into history and telling His story?
When I think of the unseen hand of God my heart is drawn to the song that says,
There is an unseen hand to me,
That leads through ways I cannot see.
While going through this world of woe,
This hand still leads me as I go.
This hand has led through shadows drear
And while it leads I have no fear.
I know t’will lead me to that home
Where sin nor sorrow ere can come.
I long to see my Savior’s face
And sing the story saved by grace.
And there upon that golden strand
I’ll praise Him for His guiding hand.
I’m trusting to the unseen hand,
That guides me through this weary land.
And some sweet day I’ll reach that strand
Still guided by the unseen hand.
Lord, thank you for this great picture of the purpose, plan, and providential work of your mighty hand. Amen!