What Are the Chances?

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Esther 6:1-14

TO CHEW ON: "That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him." Esther 6:1

King Xerxes was tired of tossing and turning and trying to fall asleep. “Bring the record books and read to me,” he commanded.

A servant began reading to him and soon came to the part that told about Mordecai telling about the plot to kill him.

“Has anything been done to honor him for that?” Xerxes asked.

“No, nothing,” the servant replied.

Just then there was a sound in the courtyard. It was Haman. “Call him in,” the king commanded.

Haman was excited. He had just finished building a 75-foot gallows in his yard and was on his way to get permission from Xerxes to hang Mordecai on it. But before he had a chance to say anything, the king asked, “What should I do for the person I’d like to honor?”

Who would the king want to honor more than me, Haman wondered. And so he told Xerxes the best thing he could imagine. “That person should wear a royal robe,” he said. “He will be put on the king’s horse which will be decorated with the king’s crest. Then the most noble prince will lead this horse and rider through the streets shouting, ‘This is what is done for the man the king wants to honor.’”

“Excellent!” Xerxes responded. “Go at once and do this for Mordecai the Jew.”

Who would imagine that the very night Haman was going to get permission to kill Mordecai, was the night the king wouldn’t be able to fall asleep and would hear about the way Mordecai had saved his life? Some people would call this luck. Others would call it coincidence, chance or fluke. But we know that this was God working out everything according to His plans, even to the smallest details.

Are you in a tight spot? Perhaps it seems there is no possible way out of your predicament. Don’t get down. God is never short of ideas. He is able to use the smallest thing – like keeping someone awake – to accomplish His plans for you too.

PRAYER: Dear God, help me to trust You with every detail of my life. Amen.

MORE: Everything fits
God works everything in our lives into His plan. Here is a verse that tells about that. You may want to memorize it. Then next time something in your life doesn’t make sense, you can hang onto God’s promise that everything fits.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

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