by Jim Perdue

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A Twist of Fate (7 of 11)
Series: God's Perfect Work Through Imperfect People
Jim Perdue
Esther 7:1-10

We're in a series on Sunday nights through the book of Esther. In this book we have seen God's Perfect Work Through Imperfect People. This is the seventh message in our series as we come to the seventh chapter in Esther. READ 7:1-10 - PRAY

I've entitled the message tonight, A Twist of Fate. I have used this title on purpose to make an important point. It seems as we come to Esther 7 that we see a twist of fate. And what we mean when we say that is, something that we expected to happen didn't happen. And instead, something unexpected did happen.

We would expect the wicked Haman to come out on top. He has been calling the shots, he has been running the show. Instead, what we see is that things aren't always what they seem. The tables have been turned. Some might say, it's a twist of fate.

''Fate'' is defined as ''something that unavoidably befalls a person; fortune; lot. The universal principle or ultimate agency by which the order of things is presumably prescribed; the decreed cause of events and time; or that which is inevitably predetermined; destiny.''

I don't believe in fate. I don't believe in luck. I don't believe in chance. I don't believe in happenstance. I believe in God! But aren't we silly when it comes to what we believe or don't believe about luck?

Think of how silly it is. What are signs of good luck? Horseshoes, a rabbits foot (not really good luck for the rabbit), four-leafed clovers, two shooting stars in one night and so on. There are also proverbs like, ''See a pin and pick it up, all the day you will have good luck'', and, ''Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue''-to bring the bride luck. What are unlucky signs? Losing one's wedding ring (depended on who you're married to that could really be bad luck), two spoons in a saucer, rocking an empty cradle, a black cat crossing your path, walking und ...

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