Understanding God’s Timing

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Understanding God’s Timing

Life tends to be a learning experience for us doesn’t it? Hopefully you like to learn, otherwise life would be barren, an ocean without a boat. Regardless of time or our point of view, one question we all encounter is, why is God so invisible so much of the time? Let us press on into this question.

This may come as a surprise to some but one Bible scripture never mentions God, not even once! In 460 BC the young woman Esther found herself rising to the level of queen in the Persian Empire. She becomes a heroine for being in the right place and the right time. Over the next two months we will cover some life lessons from this incredible gem in the Bible. Make no mistake about this; God has a purpose for everyone! We are not pawns in the game of life where God throws us away as useless pieces. Understanding God’s timing can be quite perplexing, but there is great joy and purpose in discovering who we are in Jesus Christ.

Lesson One: God’s sovereignty quietly works behind the everyday moments of life. “This is what happened during the time of Xerxes, the Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush,” (Esther 1:1). The opening chapter of the book gives us a historical account of what occurred in a large region of what we understand to be Southeast Asia stretching to the Middle East. God may seem to be silent but in reality He’s always working behind the scenes. You see our limited viewpoint keeps us from seeing the bigger picture. While leaders make decisions and lead nations, they serve under God Himself. Nothing gets by God. He allows many things to occur in nations. God is sovereign and I am not.

Lesson Two: Intoxication often invites Insult. “On the seventh day, when King Xerxes was in high spirits from wine, he commanded the seven eunuchs who served him—Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar and Karkas— to bring before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at,” (Esther 1:10-11). The king and all his company were partying excessively. This brought about some questionable judgment on his part. Some historians believe that Xerxes as king ordered his queen Vashti to present herself only wearing a crown (completely nude) before all his man friends. In modern parlance it was like, “Here’s my trophy wife.” I for one could see this happening in such a company of lavishness and drinking. Can excessive use of alcohol create unhealthy and unsafe atmospheres? Yes! Lesson Three: Despite

Lesson Three: Despite man’s feeble laws and actions, God’s plans prevail. “Therefore, if it pleases the king, let him issue a royal decree and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media, which cannot be repealed, that Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Also let the king give her royal position to someone else who is better than she,” (Esther 1:19). Xerxes and his counsel basically throw Vashti out. They ruled with an iron fist, fearing women rebelled. Women should never be objectified. They always deserve respect. Xerxes had no clue.

God has a purpose for everything. In time His plans always succeed. Do you ever struggle with understanding God’s timing? Many of us do, however, we can learn to trust him more.

Bill Lanes has been in ministry for 25 years. He married his college sweetheart, Dina, and together with their four amazing children they enjoy life in the Big Sky state. He is passionate about discipleship for those who follow Jesus so that they can serve their local church and community. Any feedback is always welcome. Reach Bill at connectingpointmt@gmail.com.