I love the story of Queen Esther. Although God’s name is not found in the book, yet in reading it, one sees, emphatically, God’s seemingly anonymous fingerprints all over it.
Ahasuerus, king of Persia from 485-465 BC, had granted a divorce to his queen, Vashti because she refused to honor a request by him. Afterward, the king threw a big beauty pageant, in order to select the successor to Vashti. Whom should be the girl to rise to the forefront? A most unlikely candidate — a little Israelite girl named Esther. It was unthinkable for a Jewish person to inhabit a gentile throne - but a Sovereign God can make it happen.
One afternoon, Mordecai, the first cousin to Esther, who raised her and loved her as a daughter, overheard two of the king’s chamberlains, plotting to assassinate the king. Mordecai reported it to Esther, who, in turn, reported it to the king. The chamberlains were tried and executed, and Mordecai’s name was inscribed in the king’s book of good deeds. (the chronicles)
Can you see how the anonymous hand of God is at work, orchestrating circumstances for His glory?
Mordecai was hated by Haman, a high ranking official in the kingdom. When Haman demanded that the Jews bow and worship him, Mordecai refused. This intensified Haman’s hatred for him. Resulting in Haman convincing the king to pass an edict allowing him to exterminate all the Jews that lived throughout the kingdom.
One night the king was suffering from insomnia and summoned a servant to bring the chronicles for him to read. The book was opened to the page where Mordecai had reported the assassination plot. (again, a result of a sovereign God in control) The king immediately discovered Mordecai had not been rewarded.
Here is where we really see God anonymously at work. Haman entered the king’s chambers and was promptly asked by the king, “How would you reward a man who had done a great service to the king?”
Arrogant Haman, thinking the king was referring to him, said, “Well your majesty, I would drape my finest robe around him, place him on my finest horse, and get the next man in authority to lead him through the kingdom and loudly proclaim, ‘behold the man in whom the king delights to honor.’”
The king instructed Haman to lead Mordecai through the kingdom on the king’s finest horse, and draped in the king's robe, proclaiming “behold the man in whom the king delights to honor.”
What a great example of how God can “turn the tables” on evil! What irony!
That same God, who turned the tables on Haman, and spared the Israelites from extermination, can likewise help you in any, impossible situation you might be in. With God, all things are possible. And sometimes He, for reasons unknown to us, chooses to work incognito.
(Next week, we will examine how God used Esther to spare the lives of her people living in Persia.)