Today's Driscoll sermon: Jesus is a Better Reversal
and today's Driscoll sermon shows us in the book of Esther just how true that verse is.
It was a reversal in what was expected, in what was anticipated, in what was decreed. No one could have possibly imagined that such a huge reversal could have happened. Instead of receiving a death sentence, the Jews were given permission to defend themselves. They were given the opportunity to reverse their outcome.
How often do we pray for a reversal in our lives? How often do we long for an about-face that takes us in a totally new direction? Do we cry out in exasperation when we think things are too horrible, too big, or too difficult?? What can we do?
"Our part, friends, is repentance. God’s part is reversal. God can and does show up and change everything in an instant. This is not a promise that everything in your life will go better today, but it is a promise that with God there is always the possibility that he could show up and reverse everything in an instant.
The cancer could be cured, the marriage could be healed, the children could return, the unemployment could be rescinded, the suffering could be alleviated. You and I, we lose hope when we look at circumstance and we don’t look up to God and how he might intervene and, in an instant, reverse everything and all of our suffering. It says that everything was reversed for the people of God. A great reversal occurred."
God has the power to reverse....and He did.
Sometimes when I read about the battles in the bible where many lives are lost, I can't help but think about these lives as individuals--as sons, fathers, uncles, cousins and the people they left behind. I wonder why God would issue the command that would result in the annihilation of thousands of people. After all, isn't not killing others a commandment? I did appreciate Driscoll's thoughts on this particular mass loss of life:
"The sentence was sent out by Haman: “You can kill all the Jews on this day.” And then Mordecai gives a reverse decree designating that God’s people can defend themselves. So, the warning was given: don’t attack God’s people, they will respond, you could die. Some did not relent or repent, and as a result, they attacked and were destroyed." (emphasis mine)
They were given a warning and those who chose not to obey the warning were destroyed. How many of us listen to warnings we are given. Gentle nudging from God, observations by our friends and families, outright signs to warn us of imminent dangers ahead. Do we obey?
"How many of you, your business, your life, your family, your spirituality, your marriage, you say, “You know what, we picked the wrong direction, but it’s too late now.” It’s like we’ve run the intersection, you can’t hit the brakes and back up, just proceed forward. That’s a demonic lie. There’s always an opportunity to repent and to trust God to make a reversal. It’s never too late as long as there is breath in your lungs, and then it is."(emphasis mine)
There is always an opportunity to repent and to trust God to make a reversal. Isn't that encouraging? No matter what the circumstance, there is always a chance to give God a chance to reverse the situation. What a great promise to cling to when things just seem so hopeless. When we repent, we are given hope of a reversal through the grace of God.
God does perfect work through imperfect people. Yes, He does. He is the God of hope through repentance. He is the God of change and chances. He is the God of Reversals.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Esther 9:20-10:3