Esther: What's Missing?
Where is God?
Have you ever found yourself asking that question?
This month we begin a study through the Old Testament book of Esther: An Unlikely Queen and An Unseen King. As you’ll quickly notice as we study it together – God is never mentioned in the book of Esther. You can read the chapters and find no reference to God. Read the whole book of Esther, God is never mentioned once. God never appears. God doesn’t speak. No prophet speaks on God’s behalf. No angel shows up. The heavens don’t open and God delivers a word personally. There are no miracles. There’s nothing supernatural. There’s no mention of Jerusalem, and the temple, and the presence of God. There’s no mention of the priesthood and the sacrificial system for sin. There’s no quoting of other books of the Bible. There’s no giving of God’s laws. No one repents, no one prays. There is no action from God or to God that is revealed anywhere in the entirety of the book of Esther. It’s a stunningly curious omission. It’s a book in God’s Holy Bible, that never once mentions God.
Where is He? Why isn’t He in this Book? Why isn’t He here? Why isn’t He here?
For different reasons, under different circumstances, through different seasons, most of us – if not all of us – have found ourselves asking similar question. Where is God? Why isn’t He here right now? Why isn’t He here with me? Why God? Why??
God works in Esther not through his visible hand of miracle, but through his invisible hand of providence. We know that history is not circumstance, happenstance, or chance. It’s governed by providence, and God is sovereign and good, and God rules and reigns over all peoples, times, and places, and God is in the details of history, that God is working everything out according to a plan for His glory and our good.
And for those of you who have felt like the story of Esther feels, I want you to know that God is at work in your life as well. He’s in the details. Yes, the voice of God may not thunder down, but God is active, and present, and at work in the lives of his people, even those who are far away from him as they were in the times of Esther. Begin to read the book of Esther and study this beautiful story together and we’ll discover that God is always present.