The Art of Reversal

Last night, I took several of our high school girls from church to see the latest version of Cinderella.  As I watched this movie, seeing the girls tears and hearing their giggles (in all the right places, mind you), my mind was swarming with truths to counteract society’s lies.  With Biblical stories to represent real hope.  Real Truth.  Real endings of reversed destinies.

Now don’t get me wrong.  Fairytales are fun.  Honestly, we did not finish the night with a devotional about finding your one true love…we ate ice cream and continued to dance and giggle.  I understand the importance of carefree fun.  But, by this morning, my mind was still set on the idea of destinies being reversed.  Just not by an imaginary Prince Charming.

When God rescues, He does not need “a little magic.”  His transformation is not momentary.  The art of God’s reversal is eternal.  He often shapes the circumstances of man in the darkness, so His glory on display can be the light. 

When I think about great rescues, my mind always goes back to the account of the reversed edict in the book of Esther.  In chapter 3, Mordecai has refused to honor Haman by bowing and casting Pur (which is lots).  Haman is filled with fury.  Have you ever noticed that whenever the evil one has convinced us we deserve something, he will inflate our pride so severely that we will fury against anyone who disagrees with us?  Satan will blind us to any truth they speak because we are consumed by ourselves.

God allows Haman to proceed for a time.  Then, at just the right moment, he is exposed.  The King becomes aware of the wickedness.  Haman is hanged on the very gallows he had prepared for Mordecai.  Sin, especially anger, will always take us further than we ever intended to go.

A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you. – C.S. Lewis

So Haman is dead.  Everyone can rejoice, right?  Nope!  Not quite yet.  This is the part of the story/movie that always has me on the edge of my seat.  Or buried into my husband’s shoulder.  I do not handle suspense very well.  Even last night, with how many times I’ve seen Cinderella, my stomach was in knots when the evil stepmother kept getting away with her tricks!  Just like a godly legacy, people can die and leave legacies of evil and havoc.  Satan has ways of making sure they do.

Haman had already set into motion his plan to annihilate the Jewish people.  Letters had gone out to all the nations.  Humanly speaking, their fate was sealed.  But, God.

Here it comes…

While it may seem like a last minute save in our minds, we can rest assured this is how God had it planned all along.  He is never late to the party.  He was not oblivious to what His people were living through.  While He chooses to operate by using humans, earthly timelines, and means, He is certainly not bound by them!  He makes sure that everyone is aware of the King’s edict in time to save!  The art of reversal at work.

The King not only agrees to their request, He lets Esther and Mordecai write the edict themselves and use his swiftest horses to deliver the message!

God will always finish what He begins in a way only His sovereignty could imagine!

In order to celebrate and pass down the events of God’s deliverance to following generations, Purim was created.  The Jews received relief from their enemies and their sorrow turned into gladness (9:22).  These days should always be remembered.

What are the many ways God has delivered you, Sister?  What are the events of your reversed edict?  I encourage you to write them down, that they shall always be remembered and celebrated.  At the perfect moment, God comes to rescue.  Sorrow turned to gladness…

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