Jesus is Greater Than Chance – Esther 4
I learned a new word the other day. Actually a preacher taught it to me as a part of his sermon and I want to share it with you today. The word is ‘peripety’. If you are an English or literature scholar you may know that peripety is defined as “a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances.”
While the sermon I heard did not use Esther as an example, I think it could have. Esther experienced a peripety when she was taken from her life in Mordecai’s house to the palace of the King. She also experienced a peripety when she was called from this seeming life of peace and luxury to put her life on the line by speaking up for her people, the Jews.
So, do you believe in ‘chance’? Was it a simple coincidence that Esther was in this position at this precise time so that she could participate in God’s salvation for the Jews? Mordecai didn’t think so. The latter half of verse 14 records him saying to Esther, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Clearly Mordecai believed that these events had been orchestrated and used by God.
What about you? When something happens that you don’t understand, do you tend to try to explain it as ‘chance’ or ‘coincidence’? Or, do you recognize God’s sovereignty and love for us by acknowledging that He can, and often does, make and set in motion plans for us. Sometimes He even uses our mistakes, failures, and weaknesses to accomplish wonderful things for His glory and His Kingdom. This causes us to agree with what God says as recorded by Isaiah, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)