In my quiet time recently I found myself once again reading the fascinating book of the Bible called Esther. Esther was a Jewish woman who was made Queen by the famous Persian King, Xerxes. It’s an intriguing story filled with twists and turns, plots and subplots. As you read the narrative it appears wickedness is once again going to win and evil is going to triumph. As the suspense builds, so does the sense that the villain is actually going to get away with it. Everything seems to go right for him. Why does it so often happen this way??
When you read Esther, these thorny, time-weathered questions begin to surface:
- Why do the wicked seem to prosper?
- Why do bad things happen to good people?
- Why do good things happen to bad people?
- Why does God seem so distant when you need his presence most?
- Why is God silent when evil seems to be carrying the day?
While Xerxes and Esther are the most prominent characters in the story, there are two others that share the center stage, Haman and Mordecai. These two become arch enemies and Haman has manipulated the king into giving him the power to execute the God fearing Mordecai. He builds the weapon for his execution. It’s all going per the villain’s plan. And then not.
When you think it’s over, God shows up. When you’re sure it’s a helpless situation, God intervenes. When you’re about to scream out loud, God drops in. Why does God wait so long to right the wrongs???
Indeed why? What do you suppose God wants to teach us? What do we learn by God doing things his way that we would forfeit if God did things our way?
While not the main point of the book, a huge takeaway is simply: “Don’t reach your conclusion before you reach the end of the story!!”
This is so often what we do, isn’t it? It’s so easy to get this wrong. We see what is… and conclude it will always be. We see someone corruptly getting ahead and we can’t imagine them ever falling behind. We think that because it’s working out for someone who doesn’t follow God, it’s futile to commit to follow God. Wrong!
Never reach your conclusions until the end of the story!!! It’s not over till it’s over. God has a really strange tendency to show up at the very last moment. Remember, there’s no celebration of a resurrection until there’s the grief of a death!
Save your conclusions till the end. Time will tell. God will intervene when THE TIME IS RIGHT. His time is the right time!!!
I encourage you to read the Book of Esther. It will give you encouragement to weather the storms on your life. It will boost your faith in God’s perfect timing. It will keep you from losing heart.