Esther 9: God Provides
I have to admit that I’m not necessarily an expert on Jewish history, but I have heard of Purim. In Esther 9, we see how that holiday was established.
Even though a letter had gone out with the king’s signature and said that the Jewish people had a full right to defend themselves against anyone who tried to attack them, some people still wanted to follow through with Haman’s original command.
For some reason, there were still people who hated the Jewish people and wanted to see them dead.
After a day of fighting where 75,000 people died, the Jewish people celebrated because they had survived the day that was supposed to annihilate their people.
Est 9:27 The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year;
Est 9:28 And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.
That is how this holiday came to be. They were celebrating the fact that even though humans were planning to destroy them, God was able to put the right people in the right places to arrange for their protection and well-being. If Esther and Mordecai had not been in the position that they had been, it very well could have spelled an end to the Jewish people.
When I think about things like this, it makes me wonder why we worry at all. If God has the power and the knowledge to organize entire nations and make everything work out for them, why do we often times worry that He won’t be able to handle our problems? He is so much greater than any circumstance we might be facing.