Esther lived in the days between the beginning of Ezra and the end of Nehemiah. In those two books, a common phrase for God’s favor is “the hand of the Lord”. Today we see God’s hand at work for Esther, Mordecai, and the Jews.

King Ahasuerus chooses to read the chronicles which recall Mordecai protecting the king from his treacherous eunuchs. To others, this might have seemed like coincidence, but we should recognize the Lord’s hand in it. When Haman is asked what to do for the man the king loves, he is blind to the fact that Ahasuerus is speaking about Mordecai. This too is God’s hand at work. The King adores Esther, and of course this is God’s hand. Lastly, the timing of Haman approaching Esther to beg for mercy all worked out by God’s hand to bring justice to a man who initiated attempted genocide.

When we read the word of God, it reminds us that we might find ourselves in situations that seem more like Esther 2-3 rather than Esther 7. The truth is that God’s hand is always at work in our world, and we must cling to this truth for joy in our hard times.