A Strange Time in a Strange Land (Esther 1-10)

We live in a strange time where the foundations seen to be undone. The news around the world is totally alarming, and we feel far from at home even in our own land. As Christians, the growing sense is that we are becoming a rather despised minority in many circles.

But we are not the first to feel this way. Our parents and grandparents lived through world wars, as have generations before them in tumultuous times. We never really should feel totally comfortable in this world; it is not our home ultimately.

But this is where we are right now. Does social comfort lead to spiritual apathy?  Can the church remain a clear voice in today’s society?  Is God in control?  Is He even there at all?

These questions weave their way through the story of Esther, an unlikely young woman who became Queen of Persia.  Yet her destiny would not be shaped by politics as much as the power of God. One of the most unusual features of Esther’s story is that God is never mentioned.  But He’s there—working behind the scenes, turning the wheels of history toward His glorious future.

Like Esther, you and I live as strangers in a strange land—a world in which the powers of man seem to outweigh the power of God.  How can we learn to practice faithful presence when God seems absent?   .   How do we learn to see God at work?  How does the story of Queen Esther point us to King Jesus?

I am going to guess that many of you are not deeply acquainted with the story of Esther. So in preparation for this six-week series, why not find a time this weekend where you read through it in one sitting. It will only take you about 15 minutes.

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About Randy Buchman

I live in Western Maryland, and among my too many pursuits and hobbies, I regularly feed 3-4 hungry blogs. I played college baseball, coached championship cross country teams at Williamsport (MD) High School, and am the editor of a Baltimore/Maryland sports blog called "The Baltimore Wire." My main profession is as the lead pastor of a church in Hagerstown called Tri-State Fellowship. And I'm active in Civil War history and work/serve at Antietam National Battlefield with a Guides organization. Occasionally I sleep.

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