Lessons in Esther

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Going into what I’m about to say, I’m assuming most of you know the story of Esther. Esther is a unique story in the Bible, and not just because the book is devoted completely to a female heroine. In a Beth Moore study I did years ago she pointed out that Esther is the only book in the entire Bible where God’s name is never mentioned. Moore’s favorite saying was always, “God’s name may not be in it, but He’s all over it.” This phrase pretty much sums up the book of Esther.

The point of God not being mentioned in Esther is to show what we see every day here on campus and everywhere else in the world. He is not a physical being we can touch. In fact, the phrase we are often taught is that “He is more than we can fathom.” The way we know He exists at all is faith. Faith is a stronger word than we can imagine. The word alone encompasses all of our being. It takes our very hopes and dreams and plans and pulls out the very nature of our souls, that keeps us going when things get hard. God is not mentioned because He didn’t need to be mentioned. Esther knew He was there without being told. She did what she had to not because she wasn’t afraid, but because she had faith that He was with her even though she might have lost her life. Faith is always powerful, always present, and always has room to grow. We never reach a maximum because faith is always changing.

I think we have a tendency to forget things like this in the midst of the end of the year rush. All we’re really thinking about is how ready we are for this semester to be over. We forget the fact that in Esther’s time she could still be killed for even approaching the king without permission. The fact that she was his wife didn’t matter. She was lucky if she even saw him once a month. So maybe we don’t hear a voice on the wind telling us all the answers to our tests. Esther is proof that we don’t need a constant reminder just to know He’s there. We don’t need Him to tell us the answers. All we need is the faith that He will help us get through the rest of the school year. Happy studying!

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26

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