“The Jews had light [a dawn of new hope] and gladness and joy and honor” (Esther 8.16 AMP).
God allowed the Jewish people to face complete annihilation from the Persian king. Seduced into Haman’s evil plan, the king proclaimed a day that commanded everyone to kill and plunder all the Jewish people—young and old—living in the kingdom. The energy of fierce hatred and greed must have been so thick in the weeks leading up to the day of death. Bullying, mistreatment and evil thoughts would have been rampant among the people planning the destruction of the Jewish people. However, with His mighty arm God turned the tide, and the energy that was meant for evil became a blessing of good upon the Jews. Today the Jewish holiday that celebrates this blessing is called Purim, and it is one of the most joyous of all Jewish occasions. Through Jesus Christ, the sin of this world was transformed into grace. All the hate that nailed Jesus onto the cross morphed into an abundant love that exploded across space and time. Nothing surprises God. When He allows us to face dark times, our faith in His promises is tested. When we stand firm in obedience, God is able to transform that darkness into His light shining onto the world. We can claim peace in the fiercest storm, knowing that God is in control and His Kingdom has the final word.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14.27 NIV).