Title: The Silent Workings of God
Struggling to understand what God’s doing in the current season of your life? Straining to cope with His silence? The Book of Esther might encourage you by showing how God works through seemingly ordinary occurrences and coincidences for the good of His people according to His purpose.
1. God works through those in authority (2:1-4)
Our concept and attitude towards authority is often shaped by things like our upbringing, our life experiences and what we read about in the world today. How do you view authority? What were some memorable experiences of authority figures that left the biggest impression in your life? Take turns to share in the LG.
What are some qualities you expect of those in authority? How will the absence of some of these qualities affect the way you feel about authority figures around you? When people in authority fail to make good decisions that benefit those they lead, do you find it challenging to believe that God can still work through them to fulfil His plan? Discuss. Our God is sovereign and is able to use evil and turn it for good according to His purpose. What are some ways we can remind ourselves of His sovereignty when we see or hear of authority being used negatively? If we were to experience a misuse of authority (e.g. an unreasonable boss), how should we respond in light of God’s sovereignty?
2. God works through the ordinary (2:5-18)