This post is part of my book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary
God Works behind the Scenes
The king’s scribes were summoned at that time, in the third month, which is the month of Sivan, on the twenty-third day. And an edict was written, according to all that Mordecai commanded concerning the Jews, to the satraps and the governors and the officials of the provinces from India to Ethiopia, 127 provinces, to each province in its own script and to each people in its own language, and also to the Jews in their script and their language.
I still remember where I was when God gave me much comfort and hope from this story. I was in my early twenties, a young man full of hormones and struggling with lust. While this story seemingly has nothing to do with that, there’s a divine principle for God’s people: we can only experience our present circumstances, but are many times clueless as to what God is working out behind the scenes. That’s why Paul wrote: “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).
Haman had tricked the king in writing an edict, calling for the annihilation of God’s people. The edict was signed, sealed, and sent. The date was set. As the news spread, the Jews were rightfully fearing for their lives.
However, God had placed Esther in the king’s court, as one of his wives. As the story unfolds, we see God’s providence in action. Esther gained the king’s favor, Haman was hanged on the gallows he had built for Mordecai, and another edict was written, allowing the Jews to defend themselves.
When this second edict was written, did the Jews throughout the provinces know what had transpired and would reach them in the coming weeks? No, not at all. They were still fearing for their lives, even though God had already prepared their deliverance.
God cares for His people, even though the circumstances may scream against that. Yet, He’s working behind the scenes for our good. Nothing and no one is beyond His control. Do we truly believe that? His people were completely safe, even though they didn’t know that for a season.
What’s your wits’ end? Ultimately, that doesn’t matter. As long as you’re part of His people, there’s special care and future intervention on the horizon, even though you may not see or understand that.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your care and that You always work things for my good.
The Devotional Writer