GOD'S TIMING

November 23, 2017

ESTHER 6

GOD’S TIMING

 

God’s timing is perfect.

 

You hear this a lot and may wonder if this is true when you have to actually wait for God to act in your situations but I realize time and time again the truth of this statement. Every Wednesday night we have a service called "Fireside" and I was reflecting on this past emotional rollercoaster of a year. There were many moments where I could have taken things into my own hands to make my desires come to reality but it would have cost me to forfeit my trust in the Lord. The process was ugly and dark with many moments where I wanted to give up but the Lord was doing something that I could not have foreseen. I cannot fully tell the details of my experience as I feel it’s not the time yet to share fully but just know for now that I know what it means to wait in the agony of the “process.”

 

To trust in the Lord is hard yet I realize that when we trust in the Lord to the end that our praises will be greater when He does pull through because God not only meets the need but surprises us in how much he goes beyond the request!

 

Yesterday I talked about how Esther was patient in waiting before she acted and how even the planned developed in God’s presence required patience. It is funny how we learn the power of patience when we need to be patient in moments where time is against us. Yet Esther’s plan was something that was made in the midst of God’s presence while she fasted and as the story is coming to a close, we see how God’s perfect timing not only brought about hilarious irony in today’s story but how God is ALWAYS faithful to deliver!

 

Today as you give thanks and eat a lot of food that makes you believe that diet starts tomorrow, may you never go on a diet with the Lord and therefore feast in His presence daily so that you can learn to trust His timing!

 

TIPS AND TRICKS

 

  • Doing good for God’s glory is not done in vain

    • And it was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana[a] and Teresh, two of the king's eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 3 And the king said, “What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” The king's young men who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.

      • Mordecai was in a foreign land as a captured Israelite but he still did what was right even in the midst of being in unfavorable circumstances. Our goodness should not be conditional because our goodness is a reflection of our new nature in Christ. When we hear the phrase, “you reap what you sow,” we usually hear it in a negative connotation because we talk about the negative actions that will come to bite us in the butt later. Just as bad seeds will bear bad fruit, if we sow good seeds we will bear good fruit. It is disappointing when we try to do good for the glory of God’s name and not see the reward right away but when we continue to be true to who we are in Christ, God will honor our actions in His timing. Like Mordecai’s actions, we see that the delayed reward for Him not only will benefit Mordecai but set up the salvation of his people. A delayed reward maybe a growing reward so therefore more than focusing on why it hasn’t happened or if it is going to happen, continue to be true to your good nature in Christ and let the Lord be concerned with the rewards! Trust that His timing is perfect and that He is good! Be good for the sake of good and you will realize goodness will return to you in the end by the hand of the Lord we honor.

  • Don’t be reactive but proactive in your walk with God

    • 6 So Haman came in, and the king said to him, “What should be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?” And Haman said to himself, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” 7 And Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, 8 let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and the horse that the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown[c] is set. 9 And let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king's most noble officials. Let them dress the man whom the king delights to honor, and let them lead him on the horse through the square of the city, proclaiming before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.’” 10 Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry; take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king's gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned.”

      • The harm that Haman planned against Mordecai has flipped into honoring Mordecai by Haman’s hands! God is hilarious as I could only imagine how the tables have turned and the shock on Haman's face! The more I reflect on this story, the more I realize the theme of patiently planning, waiting, and acting in the LORD! How ironic that when the enemy wishes to harm you, that God twists it in such a way that at their expense he blesses you. The greatest example of this is Jesus Christ! Jesus endured the process and continue to seek to do the Father’s will while trusting Him throughout. Jesus was dishonored, Jesus was crucified, Jesus rose from the grave, and Jesus was glorified! This simple progression shows us that where the enemy seeks to destroy, the person that has their sights on the glory of the Lord and trusts to the end will not be detained in defeat or death but glorified! How can we show we trust the Lord? Continue to be like the LORD in all situations and learn to sit in a posture of thanksgiving.

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