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Thursday, December 21, 2017

What is God’s part?

The Israelites are in captivity.  Women are being subjected to men. Haman is second in charge of the Babylonian empire and he wants to kill all the Jews.  Now the king, Xerxes, has agreed to a proclamation that will allow the Israelites to be wiped out.

Haman was a happy man as he left the banquet! But when he saw Mordecai sitting at the palace gate, not standing up or trembling nervously before him, Haman became furious. (Esther 5:9 NLT)

Even with Esther becoming queen, Mordecai was not safe.  She agreed to speak to her husband, the king, after three days of fasting and prayer.  That’s because she and Mordecai both knew the truth: it’s not their plan.  God is the one with the plan.  God is the one working things out.  God is the one working in and through many people to bring a solution to those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

His wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, "Have a pole set up, reaching to a height of fifty cubits, and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai impaled on it. Then go with the king to the banquet and enjoy yourself." This suggestion delighted Haman, and he had the pole set up. (Esther 5:14 NIV)

Sometimes things get worse before they get better.  Sometimes it seems like God is being slow in keeping His promises, but it is not slowness at all (2 Peter 3:9).  God is simply working out much more than we realize.  We only experience peace in all circumstances when we trust God to have the plan, we join God by doing our part, and then we trust God to do God’s part.  Sometimes, God’s part includes something that we didn’t see coming.

When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed Him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified--one on His right and one on His left. (Luke 23:33 NLT)

How about you?  Do you trust God with the plan?  Do you join God by learning and then doing your part of God’s plan?  Do you trust God to do God’s part?