Truth Tuesday – God Takes Our Messy Lives and Shines His Providence Through Them

by Kathy

This week wraps up the Esther devotionals.  I hope that you have been encouraged as I have shared some of the things that God has been showing me as I have read through the book of Esther.  Perhaps God has taught you some new things as well!

Each time I read the story of Esther, I am always reminded of a loving, perfect God working through people and circumstances.  While we never see God’s name mentioned once in the book of Esther, we can see His hand all over it.  We see Him lovingly ordaining and working out all the events that show of His love and care for His people.

Take a moment and think back through the story.  In this story, God ordains that a young Jewish girl become a queen so He begins to weave His providence through a very messy story. Esther’s parent’s die and she is adopted by her cousin Mordecai…King Xerxes disrespects Queen Vashti and her response leaves her banned from the king’s presence…Mordecai encourages Esther to become a part of the King’s harem in hopes that she will be chosen as a wife…the evil plan of Haman attempts to destroy the Jews, but ultimately results in his death…Esther risks her life for the Jewish people…the Jew’s lives are spared…Mordecai is given the prominent position of being second only to the King in position…Esther remains queen…such a beautiful ending to this story!   This story is beautiful because in spite of the messiness, God’s providence shines all through it!

A very clear and complete definition of God being provident is explained in the Heidelburg Catechism, Q/A 27 that says this,

“The almighty and everywhere present power of God; whereby, as it were by His hand, He upholds and governs heaven, earth and all creatures; so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by His fatherly hand.

Stop for just a moment and really let the truth of this settle in your mind and heart.  God is the almighty God, who doesn’t hold some power, but all power.  He is not just a little in control.  He is in absolute complete control!

I can’t even begin to list all the ways that this applies to my life and yours, but let me try and highlight a few for you today:

  • Our difficulties and trials that we experience in life come with God’s knowing presence.   They don’t happen because of coincidence or karma.
  • He is allowing these things in our lives so that we will fix our eyes on Him and experience knowing that He is all we need.
  • The more we experience and know God’s governing hand over all things in our life, the more humbled and trusting we will become.  We will also love Him more!
  • No matter what we face, we can go through our day with courage and strength.  We can sleep peacefully at night.  Why?  Because, even thought it doesn’t make sense, we know that He is actively involved in all things, right down to the itty-bitty details.
  • He is perfectly working it all out.
  • He is perfect wisdom.  He can do no wrong and makes no foolish mistakes. He will provide you with His perfect wisdom as you seek it.

At times our lives may look a little messy.  We may have a lot of questions as to what God is doing.  In fact, we will even not understand all that God is doing, because we are finite and can only see a small part of the picture.  But God (don’t you love these two words!), is infinite and sees the WHOLE picture!  He will take your mess and make it clear and beautiful, in His timing and His way.

So how can this be lived out today?  For me (and hopefully you too), I am choosing to live joyfully today, no matter what this day holds.  I can do this because I know that the all powerful, provident God has a hold of my hand…and He is all over my day!!  For this I have a reason to sing and to worship HIM ALONE!  He is my joy!  He is my every present Victor!

Scripture to meditate on this week:

Psalm 103:19  “The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.”

Psalm 145:17  “The Lord is righteous in all His ways and loving toward all He has made.”

Nehemiah 9:6  “You alone are the Lord.  You make the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them.  You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.”

1 Chronicles 29:11  “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.”

Romans 8:28  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Romans 11:36  “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”

 

Have a Grace Full week trusting all your circumstances (even the messy ones!) to His all knowing….all powerful…all perfect plan.  If you have time today, listen to this song by Hillsong and let the words minister to your heart….go ahead and sing too…let your heart worship the Almighty God!

 

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