Week 52 Tuesday

Behind the Scenes

Today’s scripture selection: Esther 6-10

Key verses: Esther 7:3

“Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life- this is my petition.  And spare my people – this is my request.”

Some have quickly passed over the story of Esther, thinking it only has something to say about ancient Jewish history.

But in fact, it is a tale of how God sometimes works “behind the scenes” in our lives.

In Esther, we see how a faithful woman becomes a queen; an evil plan to destroy the Jews is averted; mercy is shown to them, and divine justice is executed against the one who would have destroyed them.

Not many of us lead lives of such intrigue and adventure.

But can you think of ways God has acted, perhaps “behind the scenes” in your own life?  I can.

I imagine that God and His angels are often at work – in small and large ways alike – and we too often write it off as luck or coincidence.  Or worse, we pat ourselves on the back for being so clever; so strong; so talented; so – whatever – that we are to be commended for pulling things off so perfectly.

Take some time this week to think about how a gracious and loving God might be at work – quietly, discreetly, but at work just the same.  And give thanks.

Prayer: Thank you Lord, for all your hidden and mysterious works of grace.  AMEN.

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