A Godincidence is an event that could have been a coincidence, but all the evidence points to God being in control of circumstances. How often do we miss the move of God in our lives because we’re not paying attention?
In the book of Esther, the Jews were under threat of genocide, instigated by Haman, the King’s chief advisor. Queen Esther was trying to save her people, but instead of rushing to plead for their lives, she took her time. She gave God time to work.
She invited the King and Haman to a private banquet, and at the banquet asked them to come again tomorrow. What difference could a day make? That night the King couldn’t sleep. He lived in his own world and seemed unaware of what was going on. He ought to sleep well. But on that night he couldn’t sleep.
Godincidence: The King didn’t realise the Jews were to be exterminated because Mordecai the Jew was still working at the palace.
The King called for the chronicles of his reign to be read to him. He was reminded that he owed Mordecai his life.
In those days, as Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, became angry and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. And this came to the knowledge of Mordecai, and he told it to Queen Esther, and Esther told the king in the name of Mordecai. When the affair was investigated and found to be so, the men were both hanged on the gallows. And it was recorded in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king. (Esther 2:21-23)
Godincidence: The King’s sleeplessness enabled him to find out Mordecai saved his life.
Suddenly the King had a high opinion of Mordecai, and when he heard that Mordecai had not been rewarded, he decided to honour him. The next morning he called for one of his advisors.
Godincidence: Haman is in court when the King wants to honour Mordecai.
Haman is commanded to put one of the King’s own robes on Mordecai and parade him through the city on one of the King’s own horses. It must have seemed to Mordecai that his end had come, when Haman turned up at his house. Like in the Nazi era if SS officers turned up at a Jew’s house.
We looked last week at Haman’s pride, and his hatred of Mordecai. Imagine how he felt when the King commanded him to honour Mordecai. There was a massive shift overnight in the King’s attitude to Mordecai and the Jews, ready for the next banquet.
Do we look to see the invisible hand of God in our lives? God is at work in our lives. Miracles happen every day, in small ways we might not even notice. Watch out for the Godincidences.
[Bible Illustrations by Sweet Media]
Ann Marie Thomas is the author of three medieval history books, a surprisingly cheerful poetry collection about her 2010 stroke, and the science fiction series Flight of the Kestrel. Book one, Intruders, is out now. Find out more at www.annmariethomas.me.uk