Sometimes coincidences are divine. The actions of Persia's queen set off a chain of events that led to the Jewish girl Esther becoming queen (Esther 1&2). Coincidence allowed Esther's uncle Mordecai to overhear and prevent a plot on the king's life (2:19-23). Coincidence allowed the Persian king's wife to be a Jew who would intervene when Haman sought revenge on the Jews (3:8-9). Coincidence allowed the king to reward Mordecai (6:10) and hang Haman on the gallows he had built for Mordecai (7:10). Coincidence after coincidence spared the Jewish people from genocide during their exile, and revealed the hidden hand of God. Often times we are too slow to recognize God's divine works behind humble circumstances in our life. Pastors may find that a surprise financial gift coincidentally match a church expense. A Christ follower may find that a plane delay coincidentally leads them to a spiritually hungry seat mate. We may find that God uses our simple actions to coincidentally answer the prayers of another. In the end, we should learn to thank God for his sovereignty regardless of a coincidence's nature.
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