This morning at Tabernacle Baptist Church, we began a new sermon series entitled “The Queen and I.” Our goal in this series is for each of us not only to understand the context and historical truths found in the book of Esther, but to make practical application of these truths. What does this book have to say to each of us today? We want to identify with the characters. We want to feel their emotions – fear, anxiety, excitement, jubilation, humiliation, anger, etc.
This morning we were introduced to the theme of God’s providence. We won’t meet the title character until next week. Notice I said the title character, and of course I’m talking about Esther. The main character in this book though is not Esther, but God. That might surprise some of you who know that God isn’t even mentioned in the entire book. But he is definitely there behind the scenes.
Way back in 1867, Walter Chalmers Smith, a Scottish preacher and poet penned the words that have become the lyrics to of the great hymns of the church:
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
God is invisible. You can’t see Him. I can’t see Him. But He is there. He is God and He is in control. If you come to God with just simple reason, you will often find yourself at a loss to understand God. The Bible says His ways are not our ways. If you simply try to humanly figure out what is going on, many times you will be lost, without any understanding. However, if you approach God with simple faith, you will find that He is waiting with open arms. He is there all of the time.