Not just victims of chance


What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“The lot was cast in the presence of Haman to select a day and month.” (Esther 3:7)
The hope of Jesus is the Story behind this story.
But God is nowhere mentioned in this story, not even by Mordecai or Esther.
Mordecai vaguely hints at “relief and deliverance for the Jews” (Esther 4:14).
And he also sees Esther’s position as having timely significance (4:14).
Like this story, our stories also can seem void of God.
Things seem to happen at random, without any purpose or direction.
But faith sees the hand of God at work behind the scenes.
Evil is running rampant, but God’s hand is still in charge.
He does not stop evil, but he does steer it against its will.
I struggle with why things happen the way they do, and wish God intervened more.
But I cannot accept that God is helpless, and that we are on a doomed ride.
Humans cast the lots for evil purposes, but God determines their outcome for good.
Esther was forced into the king’s harem, but God can use that for better goals.
We are not victims of pur chance; God steers history towards Jesus and hope.
Lord, I trust that one day we will see the plot that holds all the words and sentences and chapters of this story together. I’m not leaving the future to chance, I will leave it to you!


  1. I find this comment interesting – after Haman’s edict went out from the citadel of Susa: “The king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was bewildered.” Why was the city bewildered? Was it because the people did not see any merit in the edict? Were the Jews such bad people? Even in Nazi Germany – were the Jews so bad that they deserved to be eliminated? I believe it’s part of Satan’s scheme to eliminate the people from whom the Messiah would come. And Mordiecai is right, that even for us today: “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place” – Jesus will protect his people – even if they are martyred – he will bring deliverance. I too must hold onto that living hope even in the face of dire circumstances.

  2. God’s timing.
    God’s placement.
    How do I see the hand of God in my life? He is in charge. I need to hear His voice saying, this is the way. Walk in it. Lead me and guide me Lord. Help me never to be silent doing Your will.

    Lead me oh lord, won’t you lead me
    I am tired and I need thy strength and power
    To guide me over my darkest hour
    For just open my eyes that I may see
    Lead me oh lord, won’t you lead me

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