As I read Esther chapter eight, one phrase continually comes into my thoughts: “There is none like You…You alone are God!” And I praise and exalt Him for His sovereignty, His all-knowing and His ALWAYS knowing! Would you praise Him along with me?
There are no words throughout all ten chapters of the Book of Esther which are attributed to God, or His dealings with Esther, the King, or Uncle Mordecai. No directive, no command, no blessing…no actual interaction with the Almighty God that is recorded. However, we clearly can see His hand of blessing, His hand of direction, His guidance and His provision—His providence.
PROVIDENCE is defined as “foresight; timely care; particularly, active foresight, or foresight accompanied with the procurement of what is necessary for future use, or with suitable preparation. In theology, the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures.”
The Bible Dictionary says,
“When applied to God the idea takes on a vastly larger dimension because God not only looks ahead and attempts to make provision for His goals, but infallibly accomplishes what He sets out to do. And because it is God’s governance that is in view, it encompasses everything in the universe, from the creation of the world to its consummation, inclusive of every aspect of human existence and destiny. This divine, sovereign, and benevolent control of all things by God is the underlying premise of everything that is taught in the Scriptures.”
And the Scriptures contain so many examples of His divine providence; here are just a few.
- Baby Moses, being hidden in a basket in the river; found by Pharoah’s daughter and adopted into Pharoah’s family.
- Daniel a Jewish slave in Babylon, and becoming Nebuchadnezzar’s advisor.
- Joseph, envied by his brothers, sold by them into slavery in Egypt and becoming second in power after Pharoah.
- Jonah’s refusal to obey, his consequences, and through them, the Ninevites choosing to repent.
Throughout the Scriptures, we are reminded of God’s desire to have His people (you and me!) recognize His perfect care for and love for us as evidenced by His providence.
Earnestly remember the former things, which I did of old; for I am God, and there is no one else; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure and purpose,
Isaiah 46:9 and 10
The world calls this coincidence…happenstance…serendipity…fate. We call it the providence of God—His AWEsome watching over, His perfect care, His provision (both immediate and in the future).
Ecclesiastes 8:16 and 17
When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to see the business activity and the painful effort that take place upon the earth—how neither day nor night some men’s eyes sleep — Then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun—because however much a man may toil in seeking, yet he will not find it out; yes, more than that, though a wise man thinks and claims he knows, yet will he not be able to find it out.
Psalms 139:16 and 17
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God!
Ultimately, our great God, has all of eternity in mind and planned for us. His sovereign plan which includes all the faithful who have come before us will come to pass for one reason alone—He is God, and that’s just the way it is!
And all of these, though they won divine approval by [means of] their faith, did not receive the fulfillment of what was promised, Because God had us in mind and had something better and greater in view for us, so that they [these heroes and heroines of faith] should not come to perfection apart from us [before we could join them].
Hebrews 11:39 and 40
…making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit….
What other examples of God’s providence can you remember from the Scriptures? How about His providential hand of blessing in your own life? (Perhaps you might share your answer in the comments below.)
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Almighty God, the Great I AM, throughout time You have always taken such AWEsome care of Your people providing in ways that are beyond our ability to fathom or understand. We thank You, as we continue to read about Esther’s (and the Jewish peoples) life, for Your providence— Your perfect provision and guidance. You have ‘declared the end from the beginning’ and Your plans always come to pass. Please help us, Father, when we cannot see even the next step to be comforted in trusting that You see far into the future…truly to eternity! We love You and trust You! And pray in Jesus’ name.