Friday, July 31, 2009

2009 – Day 211.July 31 – The Workings of God

Passage of the Day: Esther 7 … Linked for study …

My Journal for Today:
When God moves, things happen! And the story we’ve been following of late, that of Esther and Mordecai and Haman and King Xerxes is a great illustration of this truth. The events of their times and the choices they made were heading things in one direction; then God moved; and look what happened. Haman, who was plotting to kill Mordecai, ended up on the gallows himself. King Xerxes, who had been blinded to the truth, had his eyes opened to reality. Esther, who had been passive, became very active. And God’s people, who were about to be eradicated, were saved. And the result of all of this was the unmentioned God in the Book of Esther was glorified by a timeless story of redemption and salvation … a story for the ages.

Interesting that our God, Whom we’ve seen is not even mentioned in Esther’s Book, is the primary focus of attention in that story; and that’s as it should be in life too. We see it happening right now in our history – in our times. In fact, there is a big time movement afoot these days by many in power to eradicate God’s Name from the social stage entirely, especially from any public view. And we’ve seen the ACLU and other organizations pushing with some worldly success in this regard. And as in the days of Esther, we’ve seen those in power take God’s justice and turn it around against God’s people.

But we’ve got to be like Esther and Mordecai, trusting in God no matter what is coming around us in the circumstances of life we see. And reflecting, this is the last minute redemption scenario we see repeated over and over again in Scripture; … Moses and the Hebrews with their backs to the Red Sea and the Egyptians coming to kill them; … Joseph being thrown into a pit by his brothers and prison by Potiphar; … and Jesus lying dead in the grave. And in all of these true stories, Who becomes the mover and the shaker to redeem the times? Yes, of course it’s the unseen, but very present, Almighty God.

And in today’s devotional from Chuck Swindoll, one statement he made almost jumped off the page for my attention, meditation, and consideration. He wrote, "… when something looks like it’s the absolute end, it’s really just the beginning.” And though not being a betting man, I’d almost wager you have personal recollections, as a Christian, of times in your life when God moved, silently but powerfully, to redeem the times and turn life events in a direction where self was set aside and the Savior got the glory.

God may move in mysterious ways; but He moves! We may have trouble seeing Him move; but He’s there. We may even look out into a storm in life and see a ghost walking on the water; but He will always be there when we need Him. Trust Him. Turn to Him. Cry out to Him. He’s there.

My Prayer for Today: Lord, I may not see you tomorrow; but I know You’re always there for me. Amen

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