This is your B moment. Your moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)
Today I am reminding you that nothing happens by chance— a chance encounter that leads to a new job, running into someone you haven’t seen in over twenty years, even being caught by a stoplight.
When I think about the fact that the outcome of every situation or event is shaped by more than just chance, I think of Esther’s story.
What is particularly interesting about the book of Esther is that it never mentions God by name, even though you can see His meticulous hand throughout the book.
Esther was a young Jewish girl in Persia who was chosen to replace Queen Vashti, who had recently been exiled. The fact that Esther was Jewish was a huge secret; it wasn’t even known to the king.
However, not long after Esther was crowned queen, a decree went out to exterminate all Jewish people. This left Esther in a very bad place. She needed to approach the king and make an appeal for the lives of the Jewish people without revealing her own identity.
During this time, her cousin Mordecai encouraged her to take action, and he reminded her that she had been elevated to the palace for such a time as this.
In the end, we see that even though God’s name isn’t mentioned, it is clear that His hand was perfectly positioned to help Esther not only save herself, but the Jewish people too.
Esther’s story is a great reminder of how God is always at work on our behalf, working strategically behind the scenes and on multiple levels. As you think about that, remember these words:
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)
So today, nothing happens by chance.