Summary: Learn with Esther how to understand and follow the invisible God through the incredible trials and challenges of life.
Little Things to Know About a Big God
Letting God Guide You
May 15, 2003
**** READ Esther 6:1-14
Show video clips…
As you watched those clips, there’s one similarity between all of them. “Things aren’t what they seem to be”…
1. Here’s this cute little girl washing dishes for her Mom. Ahhhh! Until you find out that she’s washing a laptop!
2. A man leans on his expensive Porshe to stretch his legs and thinking He’s helping, another guy comes along and pushes it over the cliff!
3. Someone’s getting balled out in the coaches office, and you find out it’s a priest!
Things aren’t always what they seem to be! When are we going to learn that lesson? It’s so easy to pre-judge people and situations. It’s so easy to prejudge our OWN situations. It’s so easy to pre-judge GOD! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a circumstance where I thought I knew what was going to happen… only to find out that God had a totally different agenda.
We’ve been studying the book of Esther the past few weeks, and I don’t know about you, but I’m really seeing that God is amazingly un-predictable. In fact, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to try and put Him in a box… because 1st of all He won’t fit… and secondly, even if He did… He’d break out of it.
Throughout the entire book, even though His name is never mentioned, the invisible, almighty God has been working behind the scenes on behalf of His people. Subtly setting up situations, incidents, events… that work to the benefit of those who love and follow Him.
And don’t think He doesn’t work that way today! He’s still doing it! Right now, today, if you’re trusting and following Him… He’s weaving the ‘seemingly insignificant’ details of your life into His perfect plan for you. But He’s doing it anonymously, many times without your awareness or knowledge.
If you don’t remember anything else I say this morning… remember this… as you look at the situation you find yourself in today… realize that “things are not what they seem”. There’s a lot more going on than meets the eye! In order to help you come to that realization this morning, I want to share with you from the story of Esther… “5 Little Things that you should know about a Big God”…
1st of all, you should know that…
1. When all seems LOST… it isn’t .
When we left our story a couple of weeks ago… things were not looking so good for God’s people… A Jewish young woman named Esther had been appointed Queen by King Xerxes, but his prime minister (the evil Haman) was plotting to exterminate all the Jews. Esther’s older cousin Mordacai (who raised her) was the focal point of Haman’s hatred, because he represented everything that he despised about the Jewish race. Their intolerance for immorality, their zealous passion for God, and their unwillingness to bow down to anyone but Him.
Haman succeeded in fooling King Xerxes into signing an irreversible law, that on a certain day, it would be “open season” on all Jewish people. They would be rounded up and murdered, much like what Hitler did during WWII. Little did Xerxes know, that his own queen was a Jewess. To squelch any opposition, Haman was planning to turn Mordecai (one of their well-known leaders) into a ‘human Shiskobob”.
During the night, he had constructed a 75 ft. high pointed pole to impale him on… for everyone to see. This looked like the end for the Jewish race. It was hopeless…nothing could be done. All the pieces were falling in place for their destruction. All was lost… Have you ever been there?
· Bankrupsy…you’ve hopelessly behind on your bills and there’s nothing left to do but file.
· Divorce… the papers are signed, the court date is set
· The medical report comes back negative.
All of the deadlines have come and gone… this is it. What are you going to do? Remember what I told you not to forget? With God in control, things are not what they seem! It’s the toughest thing in the world to remember when you’re right THERE in the middle of a crises. But you have to hold out hope. It’s at those pivotal times in life, that we have a choice to make. Are we going to give in to the inevitable? Or are we going to trust that God’s up to something? It’s a tough choice, but we make it whether we know it or not.
Is God real? Does He know what He’s doing? YES! You just need to know a little thing about a big God… when all seems lost…it’s not! READ Esther 6:1-3. “That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. 2 It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. 3 “What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked. “Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered. ” –Esther 6:1-3