Advent Day 18: The Silence of God
"For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
In the book of Esther, God seems silent. His name is never mentioned. There are no words that come directly from him.
To the Jewish exiles in Persia, he probably seemed silent too. They were foreigners in the land, hated by many. They longed for their homeland, but were stuck in in a strange one. Where was God? What of the promise he made to Abraham?
Though God is never mentioned in the book of Esther, we see his handprints all over the pages. The events that made Esther, a Jewish woman, become queen were too perfect to be coincidence. Her pagan husband's favor, which saved her people, were prompted by a sovereign God.
"who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
Esther was faced with a choice to either trust a sovereign God or trust in her comfort as queen. Either way, the Jewish people would be saved, but Esther could choose to be a part of God's story or perish in her comfort.
Esther bravely chose to trust God. She prayed earnestly, but recognized that God could not be manipulated. Her life was in the hands of the sovereign God. "I will go...and if I perish, I perish.
God spared her and all of the Jewish people. He swept into the silence and rescued his people once again.
The story of Esther is a crucial point in the history of God's promise of Christ. If Haman successfully destroyed the Jewish people, God's promise to Abraham would have ended there. The Lord is a God who keeps his promises, even in the quiet.
We live in a time where God often seems silent. Like the Jewish people, we are stuck in a strange land that is not our home. Injustice and hate surrounds us and seems insurmountable. We long for home. Esther's story reminds us that even when God seems most hidden, he as at work saving his people.
I found this scepter charm and thought it was perfect for the Esther ornament. It represents her bravery as queen, but also God's sovereign rule.
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