Esther: The providence of God

The decree of Cyrus in 539BC meant that the people of God could return home after years in exile, but many chose to stay in Babylon. The Jewish people still living in Babylon were, therefore, left asking, does God still see us? Does God still care? Will He act on behalf of a rebellious people far from home? And in this unusual book entitled Esther, written (chronologically) at the end of the Old Testament, the name of God is not mentioned. No one prays. There’s no miraculous intervention or prophet sent from God. Yet, at the same time, the book of Esther describes a breathtaking rescue of the Jewish people. It describes how God’s hand sovereignly guides the seemingly ‘natural’ events of human history to save His people and bring about His purposes. This book is a beautiful help to us today as Christians living in a world that seldom acknowledges God. We may be tempted to ask, does God still see us? Does God still care? As we take a look at the story of Esther, we’ll be encouraged that God is sovereign. That He directs the over-arching events of all history and is also involved in every detail of our lives. We can have confidence that God is with us, a people far from home. Ultimately God has shown us that through Christ Jesus, He will never leave us nor forsake us. He has come for us, wherever we are, and we are reminded that in all things God works for the good of those who love him!

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