The book of Esther never mentions God, no one prays, no miracles happen, and the book is never even mentioned anywhere else in the Bible. It is as if God was on vacation during the time of Esther. The hero of the book is a Jewish orphaned girl who grew up to be so beautiful that the great king chooses her as the winner of Persia’s version of The Bachelor.
Yet, isn’t this what life is like most of the time? Doesn’t it seem as if God is absent and evil abounds? Good things happen despite impure motives. God’s plans move forward despite us?
Perhaps the ancient story of Esther is more timely than ever: a single woman, who is barely walking with God, sleeping with a really bad guy – probably because she has no family to lean on, meets God, is transformed, and is used by God to save others.
Through this story, we see life as it really is: God’s perfect work through imperfect people. Through the story, we see life as we know it: God’s perfect work through imperfect people.
* Video and content for this series has been given with permission by Mars Hill Church in Seattle.