It brings to my mind these lines from a hymn, This Is My Father’s World:
“This is my Father’s world, and let me ne’er forget/ That tho’ the wrong seems oft so strong,/ God is the ruler yet.”
Mark launches his text from the book of Esther: “The story of Esther is not primarily about the salvation of God but of His government, particularly as it works through unbelievers.”
Through unbelievers? Yes! When there are no good guys around to stop the bad guys, God will use other bad guys against them–or even, as He did to Pharaoh in the days of Moses, against themselves. But yes, He will work through unbelievers… whether they like it or not.
There is no corner in Heaven or on earth where God is not the sovereign Lord of All.
I loved this hymn in Sunday school, but I love it even more now. Enough beauty has been paved and bulldozed out of my environment to make me appreciate God’s work. This Is My Father’s World (“And tho’ the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet”), sung by Fernando Ortega.
This was a Sunday school favorite of mine, and still is–This Is My Father’s World. It carries an important message: “This is my Father’s world, and let me ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”
One of my all-time favorite hymns, going back to Sunday school–This Is My Father’s World, here sung by Fernando Ortega. I don’t know about you, but the beauty of God’s handiwork, coupled with a hymn like this, never fails to stir my soul.