January 29, 2018

Someone once said, “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous”. God is remaining anonymous all the way through the book of Esther but he is working behind the scenes to get his will accomplished. Let’s see if we can find him at work in these next five verses.

Esther 6:1–5 (NLT) — 1 That night the king had trouble sleeping, so he ordered an attendant to bring the book of the history of his reign so it could be read to him. 2 In those records he discovered an account of how Mordecai had exposed the plot of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the eunuchs who guarded the door to the king’s private quarters. They had plotted to assassinate King Xerxes. 3 “What reward or recognition did we ever give Mordecai for this?” the king asked. His attendants replied, “Nothing has been done for him.” 4 “Who is that in the outer court?” the king inquired. As it happened, Haman had just arrived in the outer court of the palace to ask the king to impale Mordecai on the pole he had prepared. 5 So the attendants replied to the king, “Haman is out in the court.” “Bring him in,” the king ordered.

Why is it that the king couldn’t sleep on this particular night? Maybe the responsibility of ruling a nation was weighing heavily on his mind. After all Shakespeare said, “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.” Maybe he ate pizza too late at night. Maybe he was puzzled as to why Esther wanted to throw a banquet for just him and Haman. No to all of those reasons. He couldn’t sleep because God didn’t want him to sleep. God had something he wanted to tell the king.

Of all the entertainment that he had at his disposal why did the king want a book? I mean he could have called in some women from his harem, or brought in the court jester for a few midnight jokes, or had the royal band jazz band come in for a few numbers. No to all of that because God had something to tell the king.

Psalm 121:4 (NLT) — 4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.

Why is it that the attendant picked that particular history book from that particular time period? Perhaps he flipped a coin or went enie, meanie, minee, mo. Or perhaps his favorite color was blue so he picked the one with the blue binding. No he picked the one God guided him to pick.

Psalm 115:3 (NLT) — 3 Our God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes.

How did it happen that he turned to the page where it told about Mordecai exposing the plot of Bigthana and Teresh to assassinate the King? Maybe there was a bookmark on that page or maybe someone had dog-eared the page. Or perhaps it just fell open to that page. Well if it was bookmarked, dog-eared, or just fell open it was because God had already arranged that to happen.

Proverbs 16:33 (NLT) — 33 We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.

Why bother to ask if Mordecai was ever rewarded? And why wasn’t Mordecai rewarded right then and there: after all the king’s life was saved and that really should have been deserving of quite a reward. God didn’t want Mordecai to be rewarded then. It wasn’t in God’s plan. If Mordecai would have been rewarded then the events of this day would not have happened.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) — 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

What if Haman hadn’t come in right at that moment? What if he had come in two hours later? He then wouldn’t have had a part in honoring Mordecai. I believe that in all of this God wanted Mordecai to know he wasn’t forgotten. Mordecai had spared a life and now his life was to be spared. I believe God in his mercy wanted to give Haman time to think about what he was about to do and perhaps he would see the error of his ways and change his mind.

It gives me great joy, much peace and overwhelming hope to know that God is never stumped or thwarted from taking care of his own. In fact it causes me to stop what I am doing right now, typing, and praise Him:)

Psalm 33:10–11 (NLT) — 10 The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes. 11 But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.

Proverbs 21:30 (NLT) — 30 No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the Lord.

Romans 8:28 (NLT) — 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Romans 8:31 (NLT) — 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?

So when you see things happening in your life that others would call coincidence; you can rest assured that it is God working behind the scenes on your behalf.

Be Inspired Hilltop!