Friday, December 14, 2018

When There Aren’t Miracles

Every once in a while even Christians would like to have a supernatural reaffirmation from God that he is still in control of all that is going on. We’re not demanding that he turn the Pacific Ocean into blood like he did with the Nile River at the time of the Exodus. No, all it would take would be something small like having our Bibles opened to exactly the right page when we sit down to read them and then have the specific passage he wants us to consider blinking on and off in neon red colors. We just want something reassuring that he has got us covered.

The last several hundred years of Old Testament Jewish history are a lot like our current times in regard to miracles – there just don’t seem to be many. Was God hiding himself from the Jewish people? Is he hiding today?

This weekend we will be studying the book of Esther. The events it describes take place about 480 BC, near the very end of the biblical period we call the Old Testament. The incredible thing about this book is that not only don’t we find any miracles, the name of God isn’t even mentioned! But as so often happens in our reading of the Bible, our first reaction isn’t always accurate. In the account of Esther, it becomes very clear God is working behind the scenes, using people to accomplish what he wants.

That’s very similar to what he does today. And that’s why there are important truths in this short book. Just like Esther, God has put you on this earth at this time, in this place for a reason.

Is that part of your daily thinking?

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.