I want to encourage you if you feel overwhelmed, helpless, or discouraged by the events surrounding the recent election in the U.S.A. Circumstances may appear bleak, however God is still on the throne and in control. Like a Master Chess Player He sees and knows every move that will be played and has already planned every counter move. He’s never lost a game.
There are parallels between what we see happening now and what took place in the book of Esther that may encourage us.
Hamen held the place in office where he was second in authority next to the king. God who sees all, knew the heart and character of Hamen beyond what he presented to the public. Those familiar with the story of Esther, know that Hamen was a man who cared not for the welfare of the land and people, but was motivated by self promotion caring only for his reputation that he would be held in high esteem as the people were made to bow down to him.
Hamen manipulated the king with half-truths to agree with him to implement a plan to have all the Jews killed. He had the ignorance and audacity to think that he could plan such evil to annihilate the Jews without anyone confronting and revealing his evil intentions. “With the arrogant boastfulness of those to whom goodness has no meaning, they suppose they will escape the stern judgment of the all-seeing God (Esther 8:4)”.
Though the king didn’t see the real Hamen, nothing is hidden from God. God sees every man’s heart and what happens behind closed doors. When unjust and evil plans are wrought and may even seem to be coming to fruition, God isn’t done yet and He will have the last word.
But one may ask, why did God allow the circumstances with Hamen to get to that place to begin with? In His sovereignty why allow Hamen to be positioned in this place of authority knowing his heart and character?
After the Jews received the devastating news that all of them were appointed to die I imagine that the news stirred up an awakening in their hearts to cry out to God for His intervention. There was prayer and fasting, a great turning to the Lord.
One reason I believe God allowed these circumstances, was He knew that they would catapult his people back to the place of seeking Him once again. It was an awakening. God used the evil this man was planning to shake His people that they would return to Him with their whole heart. God also wanted to demonstrate to His people His ability to turn the plans of the enemy on his own head.
I believe God is using the circumstances in the USA to awaken His people and to demonstrate His ability to turn the tables on the head of the unrighteous who schemed evil plans behind closed doors. It will be the great reveal; we will see people removed from positions of authority as they’re true character is exposed and their deeds exposed.
Quite a way back, the Lord had given me four words; the changing of the guards. I pondered what He meant by this and I finally came to understand that He would remove people who were not being honorable in their current positions and replace them with His choice of leaders in their place.
We see this principle in the book of Esther when Queen Vashti is removed and Esther takes her place and again after Hamen’s exposure and death when Mordecai was given Hamen’s previous position as second in authority next to the king.
To be clear, this is not about a particular political party. This is about each leader’s heart and deeds, “A person may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart (Proverbs 21:2)”.
When the righteous cry out to Him, He hears and He will answer. Just as He heard the cries of the Jews in the story of Esther, He has heard the cries of His people to intervene and He is faithful to answer. We must trust who we know God to be; that He is good, faithful, and well able to accomplish His plan in these circumstances our country faces; For He is the Master Chess Player.
The Master Chess Player-©2019ClareJohnson
When circumstances, shake all around, your familiar world comes crashing down,
Your hopes and dreams now tears in the sand, be assured, God has a plan.
He’s the master chess player, His strategies are perfect can’t be beat. He’s the master chess player, the sovereign king who’s never known defeat.
He’s the master chess player, He never makes mistakes, He’s the master chess player, His master plan always leads to checkmate
Ominous clouds appear, looming in, veil your sight from seeing him, though this storm planned for my demise, I’ll trust in God beyond my eyes.
He knows the end from the beginning, works behind the scenes, sets the stage of world events to uncover wicked schemes.