Friday, May 31, 2013
Chapter 5 left us hanging. Then, like a bolt of lightning, another Wow. After reading of God's sovereign orchestration of human events in the first few chapters of Esther, chapter 5 ends with a ghastly plan to steal, kill and destroy. But like an oncoming train, Chapter 6 tells of God's double-whammy on the evil Haman. He'd built a gallows to kill Mordecai. Next thing you know, the insomniac king discovers that no thank you note had been sent to Mordecai for saving his life. So God, unnamed in text but loudly at work, has Haman forced to parade Mordecai around town like a hero instead of snuffing him out. You have to love God's perfect plans which defy logic and confound the so-called wise of this world. The invisible bodyguard beats up the blatant bully. His people are preserved and able to not just survive but thrive as they walk in the garden of His gracious turbulence (aka sovereign orchestration of human affairs), as He detoxifies sinful poison and makes even the wrath of man to praise Him (Psalm 76:10). If you think the Esther turnabout is fair play you'll love the greatest cosmic boomerang ever. God systematically turned evil against itself at the cross and triumphed over His foes, busting through man-made delusion to the most glorious of settled-before-the-foundation-of-the-world conclusions: the enemy Satan defeated, Jesus forever reigning victorious, and the glad recipients of God's sovereign grace in Christ, serving God's purposes as He orchestrates everything. Christians, we have been saved for such a time as this. Appearances deceive. Do your God-given work knowing that every knee, every tongue, every heart, everything raised up against God, will acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ. All praise will go to the Lord Jesus Christ. Align yourself with Him today. The only way to be saved is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, as revealed in Scripture alone, for God's glory alone. The only way to really live is in Christ. Know today that Jesus loves you and follow Him, the Sovereign Orchestrator.