God is always at work. Doing what? Accomplishing His will and His mission of redemption. Charles Swindoll wrote, “God’s hand is not so short that it cannot save, nor is His ear so heavy that He cannot hear. Whether you see Him or not, He is at work in your life this very moment. God not only moves in unusual ways, He also moves on uneventful days. He is just as involved in the mundane events as He is in the miraculous.”
We must be careful not to read the Bible in a religious way. Religious people read the Bible, “There are good people. There are bad people. I want to be like the good people.” Rather, we should read the Bible, “There are bad people and Jesus.” In the book of Esther, in the Bible, we have met the Persian king who is a bad man. In Esther chapter two we meet Mordecai and Esther. Mordecai had reared Esther, his cousin, after he parents had passed away.
The tendency is to see Mordecai and Esther as the good guys, because if you have read the book of Esther you know how God used them and their circumstances to bring about a glorious salvation. However, when we first meet Mordecai and Esther they are living away from Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the place where the temple was located. The temple was where God’s presence was found on earth. So, to live away from Jerusalem was to be living away from the presence of God.
In Esther chapter two, the king has come home from a war in which he was soundly defeated. He comes home to an empty palace and remembers that he had divorced his wife, Vashti. He is lonely and depressed.
The king agrees with his advisors that he needs to select a new queen. The king’s servants round up young virgin girls from all over the kingdom and bring them to the king for him to choose one of his liking to be the next queen. Esther is one of these young ladies. As a husband and father, Esther chapter two is difficult to read because I keep thinking, “How could God allow this to happen? How can God bring anything good out of this morally detestable situation?”
Esther and Mordecai had been content to blend in and get by until something better came along for them. Let me share with you a few principles from Esther chapter two about what we need to know when we are waiting.
First, God’s plans are not hindered when the events of this world are carnal. God is in complete control. As we will see as the events of the book of Esther unfold, God was influencing the king. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever he wishes” (Proverbs 21:1). Was God responsible for the king’s carnal plan? No. God works His plan to fruition in spite of what a carnal king does.
Second, God’s purposes are not frustrated by moral failures. God walks with us even when we do not walk with Him. When we make bad choices, God is still working. God gives grace to undeserving and ill-deserving people.
Third, God’s people must live by faith in God. God can get you through the trouble you have gotten yourself into. God does what only God can do. God needs to save you before you can help anyone else.