It ain’t over yet. All the events in our story have led us here to the moment when Haman is hanged on the very gallows he had meant for Mordecai. “So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.” {Esther 7:10}

Although I’m a bit squeamish about the severity of Haman’s demise, in my heart I am breathing a sigh of relief that justice has finally come. And I’m tempted to stay there. Rest in the small victory. Good overcame evil. I’ll stop there, thankyouverymuch.

But this story of redemption is far from over. It ain’t over yet.

How many times have I done this in my own life, settled for the small win, instead of pushing through to final victory? Answer? A lot. Rather than pushing through, trusting God to see the mighty happen, I settle for the little win, and convince myself it is enough. I can think of many areas in which this is true….healthy eating, prayer, intercession for others, marriage, kids, I could go on.

But as the dawn begins to break for Esther, as she sees the possibility of her people saved, she isn’t rejoicing yet. It ain’t over yet. She still has work to do. God still has work to do. They aren’t finished. They are pushing on.

And in the midst of this, let us never forget that our Almighty God is the real hero in this story of ultimate redemption, turning every story from tragedy to triumph. How can I make such a bold statement? Isn’t that a little over the top to say that every story is turned to triumph? Because He has already redeemed our story! He is the hero of our story!

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” {Ephesians 1:7}

God and His sovereign hand, though not even mentioned in these verses, is woven into the very fabric of this story, working things according to His plan. What a mighty God we serve!

And in this moment, when we are feeling a bit uneasy about seeing justice come to Haman, we should ask the Lord to turn our eyes to One in a similar situation, though undeservedly: our Lord Jesus Christ. And what was meant for evil by Satan, was really mighty triumph by Jesus Christ! And when He declared, “It is finished,” THAT is when it was finally over!

Read these words:

“Like the 75-foot wooden gallows Haman had built outside his home to destroy and shame Mordecai, the tree upon which Satan intended to destroy and shame Jesus Christ became the very place where Jesus openly triumphed over him. God turns the ultimate evils into the ultimate redemptions. The triumph of the cross and the empty tomb stripped God’s enemies naked and exposed their ultimate impotence before him. Though they will continue to rage until that day when Jesus uses them as his footstool, he has dealt their decisive deathblow. All glory and honor to our King!” – Mary Wilson, ESV Women’s Devotional Bible

God, our God, the same God who was the hero in Esther’s story, is also the hero in ours. It may not seem like it, but God’s sovereign, loving hand is woven into every bit of our story too! And remember: it ain’t over yet!!

Let’s Chat: Where have you been tempted to settle for a small victory instead of trusting God for full redemption? How can knowing that “it ain’t over yet” bring hope to your current situation?

Share with me in the comments!

All for Jesus,

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Week 6 Challenge: We live in a world starving for hope. This week pray and ask God to show you someone who needs to be encouraged with the hope only Jesus can give. Purposefully encourage that person with either a text message, handwritten card or face-to-face visit. Sometimes we just need to be reminded we are not alone in our battles.

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