The book of Esther is unique in that it contains no religious concepts or vocabulary. God is not named or alluded to, but does that mean He was not present?
The melodramatic, true story of Queen Esther is wrought with intrigue, justice, and humor, and God is found throughout, working behind the scenes, responsible for each ‘coincidence.’ Nothing else could explain a young Jewish girl becoming the queen of a vast Persian Empire. Or, the timing of Esther’s cousin overhearing the plot to kill the king. Or, Esther receiving special favor and pardon. Or, the scheme to annihilate all Jews in Persia completely backfiring. (You’ll have to read the short story to learn what happened to the villain and the holiday that ensued the Jews’ victory.)
Clearly, the absence of God’s name cannot be interpreted as the absence of God’s Presence. Isaiah 64:4 says, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”
Look around. Where is God working in your life? Is He opening and/or closing doors of opportunity and protection? Do you see His favor upon you as you walk in obedience? Do you experience His guiding and providing in unique ways … just in the nick of time?
The challenge this week is to ‘see’ His work in our life. Believe me, He is a God of action, longing to do more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
May we acknowledge and give thanks for God’s Presence and His acts on our behalf.