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A Reason To Party

Some stories have been around awhile. Yet the message is just as applicable today as when they first were told.

So Sunday, I did a centuries old practice by telling the story of God delivering His people. I handed out to adults paper plates made into bean shakers – and we all participated. The kids came forward and I told the story. We booed and shook the plates when the name of the bad guy was said. And cheered at the name of the hero and heroine.

Esther — whoop whoop. Haman – boo, rattling of beans. Mordecai – hip hip hooray. It was mayhem and wonder at the same time. The kids had so much fun. We had giant dice thrown all over the stage to emphasis the lots (the Purim) that Haman used to decide which day would be set aside to destroy the Jews.

I’m talking of the celebration of Purim. The annual celebration of God’s delivering His people. Haman’s plot to eradicate the Jews was foiled. God caused a great reversal of events and saved the people and judged Haman.

But the kicker is that God is still in the delivery business. He delivers me and you from sin and the death sin brings. He delivers from the bondage of depression, addictions, brokenness and more. And like Esther, God doesn’t always show Himself directly (God is not even mentioned in the book) but you know He is there.

Even when you don’t see Him, God is at work.

At the publication of this entry, Purim starts tonight – at sunset. But don’t wait till then to celebrate – if you’ve been delivered by God, then everyday, every moment, should be a celebration .

And maybe take a moment in your prayer time to pray for Israel – God”s chosen nation.

God is not done delivering yet. And for that, I celebrate.

When Life Throws You Into Reverse

He was at the top of the world. Life was going his way. Private dinners in the White House. People paid him honors and adoration. He had skyrocketed to heights we only dream of. BAM … life came to a screeching halt, even more, it sent him careening in the opposite way. He now plummeted down and lost everything.

Then there are stories of people born of humble means. They scratch and sweat and diligently work hard in difficult environments to over come all odds to succeed. And in humility, they give back to others – using their position to help and lift others out of dire situations.

This life does seem to throw us around at times. You’re finally able to save a little money, and then BAM, a medical expense throws you in reverse. You seem to be getting along with people at work and then BAM, you find out they’ve been working behind your back and take credit for what you did. You’re struggling and wondering how you’re going to pay some bills, and BAM someone has anonymously given you a financial gift and pays the bill to help you. One of the most humorous stories I know that illustrates this happened years ago. A youth pastor (my godfather actually) was in seminary and it was several days to payday … and they had nothing but just enough food to eat. They even ran out of toilet paper. So they humbly took their request to God and asked for toilet paper. Seems awkward to ask the ultimate being, the creator and sovereign God … for toilet paper. But then God showed up. That night, the youth group decided show their youth pastor some love – and they toilet papered their house. Yep. God answers. The couple went out and took the TP off the trees and house, rolled it back up as best they could, and thanked God for answered prayers.

In church yesterday, we saw in Esther 7 that God opposes the proud (Haman in this case) and exalted the humble (Esther). It is a strong reminder to us.

Today … remember you are just a moment away from destruction. But for those who humble themselves, He will exalt at the proper time.

Lord, keep my heart humble, keep my eyes on You, and keep my hands and feet ready to be used by You to help others wherever and whenever I can.