Thy Will be Done (The Story of Esther) Part 4
by John Lowe
(Laurens SC, USA)
Scene 7, “The Preservation”
In this scene, we see King Xerxes issuing a new decree that brings about the preservation of the Jewish people.
11 This decree gave the Jews everywhere permission to unite in the defense of their lives and their families, to destroy all the forces opposed to them, and to take their property.
Esther 8:11 (Living)
15 Then Mordecai put on the royal robes of blue and white and the great crown of gold, with an outer cloak of fine linen and purple, and went out from the presence of the king through the city streets filled with shouting people.
16 And the Jews had joy and gladness and were honored everywhere.
17 And in every city and province, as the king's decree arrived, the Jews were filled with joy and had a great celebration and declared a holiday. And many of the people of the land pretended to be Jews, for they feared what the Jews might do to them.
Esther 8:15-17 (Living)
God’s people were saved, and God’s plan remained intact, as always.
And as this true-life drama ends with the Jews experiencing victory, some written words come on the screen, telling of what became of Mordecai.
“Mordecai, the Jew, was made second in rank to King Xerxes. He was preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem, because he worked for the good of his people, and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.”
What a powerful and exciting story.
But what can we take with us from this story? Let me give you six things.
1. God’s will, will be done. Nothing can stop God’s will. Nothing can stop his church. Jesus said the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
2. Though God is invisible, He is invincible. He will win in the end, and so will those who stand with Him.
3. Though God
is silent, He is still in control. We need to listen to the whisper of God behind the roar of our circumstances.
4. God can turn things around in our life, regardless of our past and present circumstances. He can make something beautiful out of our lives.
5. God may have placed us in the position or circumstances that we are in, for such a time as this, so we can bear witness to His power and glory.
6. That God has chosen to work out his plan through faithful men and women. God still needs Mordecai’s today; people not afraid to stand up for what is right regardless of the price, and who have a deep love for their people.
And God still needs Esther’s today; people, who though they may not know all the answers, still trust God and allow Him to work through their lives.
You know it’s great to read a book like Esther, where you can see the whole picture, and where you can see the how’s, and know the why’s; where you can see God and His invisible hand moving His plan and His people to victory.
But our life is not always like that is it? We don’t always know the what’s and the why’s and the how’s behind life’s circumstances, do we? And neither did Mordecai and Esther, when they were living the words we just studied.
So we must trust and obey.
That’s what Mordecai did, and what Esther did. And that is what we must do; trust and obey. Because there really is no other way. Are you trusting in God now, despite the circumstances, knowing that His will, will be done. Knowing that His ultimate will for your life is only good things when all is said and done.
Are you walking with the Lord, in the light of his word?
That’s how to be a winner.