Sometimes you may feel like life is just a huge gamble. Maybe you feel like the outcome of your life is resting on how the dice roll or the chips fall. If you get "lucky" then things go great but most of the time you feel like your life is always coming up snake eyes.
There are times when the stars just seem to align right and you find yourself fully loaded with blessings. Then there are times when everything seems completely out of sync and you find yourself in the middle of a twister of disaster. Some would call this a coincidence. Others would call it pure luck. But another group would say that someone is working behind the scenes, working out your destiny. And they'd be right! But is more than just someone.
Esther would understand. She is minding her own business as her people are captives in Persia. Meanwhile Haman--who has been given great authority by the King of Persia--is developing a hatred for all the Jews, especially Mordecai. It seems Mordecai will not bow down to Haman whenever he parades through the streets of Susa.
Ham decides to teach Mordecai a lesson. He gets King Xerxes to sign a decree that on a certain day all the Jews can be killed. And anyone killing a Jew would be allowed to keep their personal possessions of the ones they killed.
To determine the exact day when the Jews will be exterminated, Haman rolls the dice. Adar the 13th becomes the target date.
In the meantime, the king is having some issues with the queen. She refuses the king's summons so she is released of her queenly title. Then, because the king needs a new queen, he holds the first "Bachelor" contest to find a new wife. The short story is that Esther gets the rose and becomes his new queen.
Yet Xerxes and Haman did not know that Esther was a Jew. Nor that Esther was kin to Mordecai. The king adds another edict that will allow the Jews to defend themselves, which turned out good for the Jews and bad for any Persian that attacked a Jew on Adar the 13th.
And Haman? Well, in a strange twist of events he wound up impaled on a pole he himself had built for Mordecai. Not sure he got "the point" of the story, but I hope you do. Oddly enough throughout the book of Esther you will never find the name of God mentioned. Not once.
There are days you may think HE is not around either. But the story of Esther reminds us that HE IS, sometimes behind the scenes, working things out for "good for who love him" (Romans 8:28). And when you don't feel HE is around, that's more your problem than His.
HE has put YOU right where you are, right now, so YOU can make a difference. YOU can say the words someone needs to hear. YOU can be the example someone needs to see. YOU can help someone find freedom from sin. So let others roll the dice and YOU let GOD take care of the rest.
Looking forward to a great Sunday of closing out the Old Testament together. See you on Sunday!
Pastor Tim Asbill Jr.