Murphy’s Law states, “If anything can go wrong, it will.” The Old Testament version of Murphy’s Law is “Haman’s Law.” As we have seen over the last several weeks from the book of Esther, Haman is a despicable and evil man. The book of Esther has felt like one continuous uphill battle for Esther and Mordecai. We have watched as they have ridden life’s roller coaster up and down. They, along with the rest of the Jews in Persia, find themselves between a rock and a hard place named Haman.
Esther chapter six shows how a series of seemingly insignificant events are woven together in God’s timing to overrule the evil intentions of Haman. The king just happened to be unable to sleep. He just happened to ask for the royal records to be read to him. Haman just happened to be in the palace at that time of the night. God is so powerful that He can work through the ordinary events of life to accomplish His eternal purposes.
Esther 6:1 is the pivotal verse in the story. “That night” – Even here we see that God works in His timing to do what only He can do. The fact that the king could not sleep may seem like an insignificant detail, but God uses the small things to confound the wise. God is intimately aware of and concerned about even the smallest details of our lives and how they will affect our faith development.
Do not question the providence of God, assume it. Do not question whether God is sovereign, holy, good and faithful. You can bank on it. He is by His very character and nature. When the wind blows, you do not see the wind but you do see the effects of the wind. In the same way, there are times that we do not see a burning bush or an angel, but we do see the effects of God’s presence and we know that God is in control.
When all seems lost, it is not. If God was able to create everything out of nothing, then He has a plan for my life. There is no reason to despair, because God is always at work bringing about our good and His glory.
When no one seems to notice, God does. All of life is lived in the full view of God’s sovereign reign. We are never out of God’s sight. God is never out of touch or passive. He may be unseen but He is not unaware.
When nothing seems just, it is. Just when we think the bad guy (Haman) is about to get away with an evil plan, he does not. In God’s timing, He is always perfect in His dealings with people.
When God seems absent, He is present. Even when you think you have lost it all, God uses your circumstances as an opportunity to awaken you to the realization that He is still in charge.
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humility means to know your place. Humility is more of a direction than a destination. By God’s grace we must keep growing to become more like Jesus. Pride is about my glory, but humility is about God’s glory. There must be less of me and more of Jesus (John 3:30). Pride births death and humility births life. All sin is birthed out of pride, and all virtue and holiness is birthed out of humility.
Like Mordecai, Esther and the Jews who had a death sentence on their heads, we, too, have a death sentence on us because of our sin (Romans 6:23). Like Mordecai, Esther and the Jews, we need God to step into our human situation and do what only He can to reverse our course. And that is exactly what God did. In the person of Jesus, the ordinary and the miraculous intersect. The cross of Jesus is the pivotal point of the great reversal of history where our sorrow has been turned to joy.