Esther 5-6 B

The Bible has the best stories, doesn’t it? If you’re not reading along with us, I encourage you to catch up. This book is so good!

Did you notice how quickly (at least in the text) Mordecai’s mourning turned into celebrating? He goes from complete dread to being paraded around and exalted by the king. It was such a reminder to me that we can’t sit around waiting to be pat on our head for good deeds. Mordecai went years before being properly honored for his honorable work of saving the king. How much better was it to be unexpectedly honored, at such a dark, scary time in his life, than to demand the attention he deserved? (Not to mention the added benefit of how much it frustrates Haman…)

The commentary in my Bible mentions that the book of Esther has been regarded as a myth or historical romance. I have no problem believing that God could orchestrate this contrite, script-like storyline in real life, though. The most unbelievable, couldn’t-plan-it-better-yourself timing (the king reading of Mordecai’s heroism just as Haman was storming towards the king to have him destroyed, etc), is the result of the Lord at work.

“ ‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.‘ ” Isaiah 55:8-9

When has God’s timing seemed unbelievable in your lifetime?

Share below! I love stories like that.

-Carly

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