In the midst of elections I found great hope as I read the book of Esther. I don’t think I would have noticed it as much had I not been reading The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard (a must read for any Christian interested in maturing in Christ).
In the participants guide for “The Divine Conspiracy” DVD lessons the 1st question is: “What is an example of something God is doing in the world, but many people don’t notice or realize it?” (The Divine Conspiracy, Participants Guide, page 15, video discussion question #1).
My answer was “that ultimately God is choosing our leaders, presidents, kings, etc.
I believe God gives us free choice. We want our way and often He steps aside and lets us have it.
1 Samuel 8:4-9 is all about the people wanting a king over them.
1 Samuel 8:22 “So the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Heed their voice, and make them a king’”
I find it comforting that if I end up regretting who I vote for I can cry out to God, after all, He has experienced the very same thing!
1 Samuel 15:10-11 “Now the word of the LORD came to Samuel, saying, “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.” And it grieved Samuel and he cried out to the LORD all night.”
My hope and joy comes from the history throughout the Bible of Kings, Pharaohs, and leaders of any and many varying titles chosen and yet being moved by the divine hand of God. God has a very long track record of moving hearts, changing minds, and setting into motion a series of events that pushes forward His will, His way and protects His people.
I read the book of Esther the other day (actually I listened to it on a Bible app) and I was so struck by the most common everyday subtle circumstances that put into motion a chain of events so monumental it was life changing. Have you ever seen a cartoon of the tiny snowball rolling down the mountain side and becoming a giant ball of snow that squashes an entire city? snowball effect cartoon by Gar-E
Sure, you know Esther becomes Queen but…there is SO MUCH MORE! The King didn’t just agree to Queen Esther’s request without some back story.
First of all Mordecai saved the Kings life (Esther 2:21-23) vs. 23 ends by saying “…and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king.”
Now let’s skip to chapter 6:1-10. Esther 6:1 “That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.”
WOW! How many sleepless nights have been God at work! You see a conspiracy was already going on by the kings’ advisor and right hand man Haman to kill the Jews – especially Mordecai.
Coincidence? NO WAY! The story doesn’t stop there and as I said before, the entire Bible is full of God working, moving, loving, protecting, guiding and changing both individuals, nations and the entire course of history.
The LORD created the earth and everything in it. He chose to walk among us and speak to us one on one in the garden, we chose to disobey and hide. (Genesis 2 and 3). He has always been seeking us, calling to us, reaching out to us. Noah heard Him, Abraham listened as did many afterward and still do. Moses spoke with God and Israel sought to hear from Moses what God said (Exodus 20:19), his father in law wisely advised Moses of creating judges (Exodus 18:13-26).
In time Israel wanted a king, ‘like the other nations’.
Note to self: Why do I often think I’d be better off having what the world has as well?
So, history marches on – here we are America, ready to vote or maybe you’ve mailed it in already or refuse to vote at all. In any case be of great cheer and take courage believing in the GOOD NEWS that God Himself is in control! He may give us just what we ask for yet He is up to something grand. He puts in motion what is to be and has a “book of chronicles of The King” (the Bible) which has record of His faithfulness to us.
The bigger picture is a divine conspiracy, honestly it’s no secret, and He gives us a sneak peek of His overall end game. The plan, if you will, (whenever it comes) is that we (His chosen) will walk with Him again in His garden (Revelation 22:1-5).
God Bless America and bring forth His Will!