Life-Sustaining Faith

Esther 6

As I was doing my devotional homework for Priscilla Shirer’s Bible study, Discerning the Voice of God, she asked us to revisit the story of Mordeci and Haman in Esther 6. You know the story. Haman had beef with Mordeci and wanted him dead. So, he prepared a pole to hang him in the courtyard. Meanwhile, the king was having trouble sleeping and asked that the royal records be read to him. He read a report of how Mordeci helped saved his life by informing on two men plotting to kill him. The king asked what had been done to honor Mordeci for his service. When he was told nothing, the king set it in his mind to do something about it. The next day, Haman came to the king. He was planning on asking the king to give him permission to hang Mordeci. But, the king had other plans. Haman was so full of himself that when the king asked him what can be done to honor a man that the king wanted to honor, he thought the king was talking about him. But, in actuality, the king was talking about his enemy. Haman wanted to kill Mordeci, but God wanted to save him. And, God made sure, he orchestrated things to protect his life.

It got me thinking about my own life. I asked myself the question. What if I trusted God to protect me from my enemies instead of taking matters into my own hands? What would it look like if I trusted God with my entire life, down to the smallest detail?

This past Saturday, my church had a book discussion with Jesse J. Holland, Marvel novel, Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panther? Afterwards, there was a long, long line to pre-order an autographed paperback copy of the book, which has sold out worldwide in hard back . I was torn. But, eventually, I decided that if God wanted me to have a copy of that book, God would work it out. I was very tired and hungry – not a good combination for waiting in a line. So, I went to get something to eat, believing that it was God telling me to take care of myself and not my flesh being impatient. Sometimes, when you are hunger, angry, lonely, or tired, you can really can’t hear from God as well. So, I took a chance and left.

About an hour later, I returned. The line had gone done to three people. After I did a little dance and shout, I got in line and was able to order a copy of the book. Not only did I not have to wait, but I got to meet three dynamic women of God, and we had a great time fellowshipping. AND, I got to talk to the author. So, not bad for trusting God when he told me to take care of my body instead of trying to push beyond my point of being able to maintain energy without food and a break. God cared about this small detail of my life. And, if God cares about this small detail, surely God cares about the big details as well.

That’s how it goes with God. God, has orchestrated every detail of our lives – from eternity. We, on earth, are just walking out in time what has already been declared, “In the end, the children of God win.” Like Mordeci, we don’t even have to worry about one detail of our lives. Whether it is when we will rest, eat a meal, or how we will get a copy of a book or whether is how we will pay our bills, sustain our families, or protect our lives, God will be our sustainer, protector, provider, and our everything else we need. God is just awesome like that. I hope you agree and I pray that you can see the handprint of God in every detail of your life as you walk with a life-sustaining faith.