“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,” (Psalm 107:2 NKJV)
All three of today’s passages are summed up in this verse. This verse comes right after a verse worded the same as the one I looked at two days ago. How does God show His goodness? He redeems His people from the hand of the enemy. In the passage from the book of the Revelation, we see that redemption process happening through the judgment on the world for those who have waged war on God’s people; in the passage from Esther, we see that redemption happening as the king found a way to reverse the genocidal edict brought written by Haman as well as through the execution of the one who sought to eradicate the Jews out of petty spite. Throughout the ages, God has always redeemed His people in the midst of their troubles; in the ages to come, as long as time exists, we know that God will continue to redeem His people.
We don’t always know the answer to why bad things happen, but we do know who will be there in our troubles. God will never forsake us. People of faith understand Job’s statement “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him.” Our hope is in the Creator of the universe and the Redeemer of all mankind. If we’ve been redeemed, and all those who have put their trust in Him alone have been redeemed from the hand of death and sin, then it only makes sense to tell others – to share our good fortune. Evangelism seems like such a scary word, but when it comes down to it, evangelism is telling other people what God has done for you. As those whom the Lord has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, we should talk about it with joy!
Lord, thank You for redemption. Thank You that You redeemed me from the pit of sin and walk with me each day. Keep me through the power of Your Spirit, no matter what happens.