Summary: God is in control - over all, big shots; little shots; and those who ought to be shot!
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1. The other day I was sitting out in the front yard and noticed my hammock. I decided it would be a good idea to take a little siesta. But I go so preoccupied with something else, that I never got around too it.
The next day I noticed a large tree branch had fallen on top of it! I do not know when it fell but if I had been laying in it I might not be here today. Immediately I thought of something my mother once told me. It seems my grandmother, when she was just a teen was planning to go somewhere with her friends. Her Dad had a bad feeling about, he could not get it out of his mind the thought of a train.
He refused to let my grandmother go and strange as it may seem, their car was hit by a train at a crossing and all of them were killed. If she had been killed, I would not be here today!
My dad was once in a car accident as a young man, they didn’t even bother to put him in a room because they did not think he would live very long. He ended up being in a comma for some 30 days, but lived through it. If my dad had died then, I would not be here today!
2. Those are not experiences are not as dynamic as Moses parting the Red Sea or God shutting the mouths of the lions for Daniel, but they are as much a part of the Providential Hand of God as any one of them.
God’s name is not even mentioned in the book of Esther, but His invisible hand is seen over and over again.
3. The Providence of God in those He has Empowered.
Esther 1:1 (NKJV)
1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus (this was the Ahasuerus who reigned over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia),
I. For starters, the kings Reign. 1:1
A. The Theology.
Providence – it comes from the Latin, providential. Pro means “before” or “ahead of time”; videntia is from videre, meaning “to see” from which we get our English word “video.” Putting it together, it means “seeing ahead of time.” God sees all – past, present, and future. As He is a Being who transcends time. And the One who determines what happens, because He is the creator, sustainer, and controller of all things. Eph. 1:11
Packer, “Providence of God is the unceasing activity of the Creator whereby, in overflowing bounty and goodwill, He upholds His creatures in ordered existence, guides and governs all events, circumstances, and free acts of angels and men, and directs everything to its appointed goal, for His own glory.”
God rules over all (I Chron.29:12); He is the only ruler (I Tim.6:15); and He is sovereign over all the kingdoms that have or will ever be (Dan. 4:17).
Augustine, “Nothing happens unless the Omnipotent wills it to happen; he either permits it to happen or He brings it about Himself.”
Philip Hughes, “Under God, all things are without exception fully controlled – despite all appearances to the contrary.”