God's Invisible Providence

Artwork for Esther: A Woman of Strength and Dignity

It was the Apostle Peter who wrote of “the mighty hand of God.” In his first letter, he exhorted us to humble ourselves beneath God’s mighty hand (1 Peter 5:6). James mentioned a similar thought: humbling ourselves “in the presence of the Lord” (James 4:10). Paul made it clear that “God…is at work” (Philippians 2:13). And Solomon went so far as to say that “the king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD” (Proverbs 21:1). Clearly and unquestionably, God is on the move—deliberately and actively—even when we cannot “feel” Him and even though we do not literally “see” His presence. That is what this great story of Esther is all about: God’s invisible providence. In spite of the fact that He was eclipsed by life’s circumstances surrounding the affairs of Persia and regardless of the total absence of His name throughout these 10 chapters in the biblical account, God was working. God was there, albeit invisibly. And the same is true today.