Devotional, Esther, Old Testament

Introduction to Esther – Hidden Love, Bold Move, Perfect Result

How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?  How long will your wrath burn like fire? 

Psalms 89:46

We believe in God, but have you ever felt like “I do not know where God is!”  You are not alone. Many people have felt the same way. In fact, God knows how you feel, and, I think, this is the reason why the Book of Esther is in the Bible. 

The Bible is a book about God and from God, but in the Book of Esther, God has never been mentioned directly. Reading the Book of Esther is like reading about stories that happen in our lives. Because when things happen, when we need help, we hardly see God “rend the heavens and come down” Isaiah 64:1. Life just goes on.

Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior. 

Isaiah 45:15

Actually, this is the way that God prefers to operate. In Isaiah chapter 45, Isaiah mentioned all the works God has done. He created everything. He controlled history, yet it seemed like Isaiah did not actually see God in his daily life, so his conclusion is that God hides Himself. Why would such a glorious and mighty God want to hide? One of the reasons is He does not want to overpower us. He wants us to do the right thing out of our own free will. Imagine if God rends the heavens and comes down, standing in front of you, we’ll all tremble. Whatever He says, we’ll do it, whether it is our choice. He gave us free will, and He treasures our free will.

It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. 

Proverbs 25:2

With that said, it does not mean we cannot experience God. He conceals because He loves us and deals with us gently. That is His glory. What we have to do is to see “Him Who is invisible.”  Hebrews 11:27. Knowing God, seeing His presence is our glory. May we all see His presence and providence in the Book of Esther and in our daily lives.

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