Now THAT’S what I call “Bad Luck”

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
Today’s Reading: Luke 19:39-48 / Titus 3:1-8 / Prov. 16:1-16 / Esther 3 & 4

The book of Esther is remarkable for several reasons; not the least of which is
the fact that the word “GOD” is not to be found. That in itself is a powerful lesson
or us. Even when God is not apparent, He is still sovereignly governing all.
Also in this little book, we find the origin of the Jewish feast of Purim, or “lots”.
Haman, the King’s right-hand man had it out for the Jews because his ego took
a bruising at Mordecai’s refusal to bow down and pay homage to him.
Sometimes, the most wicked brutality among mankind is sparked by nothing
more senseless than someone’s ego. A profound lesson in human depravity. In
any event, Haman decided to make use of the occultic methods of his day, and
he cast “lots” to find the “luckiest” day to approach the King with his proposition
to commit genocide on the Jews. Now this was done in (for all intents and
purposes) January. But the Lot indicated that the best time to actually carry
out this wretched plan would be (again for our use) December. The King,
unthinking and trusting his #2 man, signed the order and the notice went out.
The intervening months saw Haman’s plan backfire at the cost of his own life,
and the exultation of his nemesis Mordecai to the very position Haman
once occupied. And among the lessons learned here for Christians is especially
this one regarding the occult, superstition, the black arts, etc. What men will
mean for evil, even when knowingly in league with the very demonic powers of
darkness, God STILL means for good for His people. We do indeed wrestle with
principalities and powers, and the forces of wickedness sin the heavenlies, but
we do so by faith – in the truth of God’s Word. Not in some quasi-superstitious
counter acts against their spells or whatever – but in seeking the face of our
God, who though He is not always visible, still sits in power and might over the
greatest forces both in the natural world and the supernatural. Political power,
occult power, cultural influence, societal trends or philosophic systems are no
match for our God. And He is on His people’s side. So that we can say with Paul:
If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31b)


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