One of my previous posts talked about some of the promises that God gives to us, and one promise in particular is that God is always with us. You may be reading this and saying, “if God is always with us then where is He now…I could surely use his assistance!” There have been times where it seemed as if God had left me to fend for myself, while He took a vacation from my life. (Well deserved as I can be high maintenance at times) But his promise says that He NEVER leaves us, so what was he doing during those times it seemed He was absent??
My daughter’s favorite book in the bible is Esther. It’s about a Jewish girl whom through a course of circumstances becomes queen of Persia. The King of Persia becomes displeased with his wife one night during a rowdy palace party, so he removes her from her royal position. To choose a new queen the king puts on this large “beauty pageant” starring all of the fairest maidens in the nearby land. A young Jewish girl, Esther, is chosen to become the queen but she conceals her ethnicity at the advice of her uncle, Mordecai. While Esther is enjoying the comfortable palace life, Mordecai uncovers a plot instigated by an evil minister of the king to kill all of the Jews. When he learns of this scheme, he alerts Esther and pleads with her to go to the king and beg for mercy for the Jewish people…..her people. This was a great risk for her since no one could approach the king without an invitation from him; she had to risk her life. One of the key lines in the text is when Mordecai is petitioning a hesitant Esther to go to the king in order to save the Jews.
“If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)
This is the only book in the entire Bible where the name of God is never mentioned. Because of this fact, it seems like God is absent during this story, but when Mordecai says that line to Esther it reveals to us that all of the unfolding “coincidental” events were orchestrated by God so that Esther could save the day. If you want a sneak peak at the sovereignty of God and to see how this story ends, read this short book.
So during those times when it seems like God is absent, He still is working on our behalf. He is just doing it behind the scenes. Now saving a race of people has yet to make it on my to-do list, but we see Him work in our daily lives. Those times when we are juggling work, kids and life with impossible schedules, but miraculously things just seem to “work out perfectly”. When the finances seem iffy, but obligations are always met or that perfect job, opportunity or person has just come into our life. Don’t call those things luck, but thank God instead. He cares about the things that are important to us and is always working on our behalf. Just check for the fingerprints He leaves behind!
“and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.” (Ephesians 4:6)