Series: “BETWEEN THE LINES: The Inconspicuous Providence of God” by  Pastor David R. Stokes

Sunday, August 12th, 2018:  “God Plays Chess”  


Read: Esther 5 & 6


READ: Devotional


Throughout this series I’ve been saying, “God plays chess, while we play checkers.” In other words, God is always ahead of us. He’s already been to next month and he is preparing it and us for it. The Book of Esther is all about God’s chess strategy—also known as PROVIDENCE.  The Lord moves people—great and small—around the great chess board of human history:

“The King’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.” – Proverbs 21:1 (NIV)

As we move into the heart of the story that unfolds in the Book of Esther, we can identify the “chess pieces” God moves around for His purpose and glory.


  • The Queen – Esther.  She has prepared herself to approach her husband, King Xerxes. She has come up with a plan. There is risk involved, but she is all in and has abandoned herself to God and his plans.

  • The Rook – Haman.  This evil and manipulative man is consumed by anger at Mordecai—and all the Jews in the realm. He has arranged for the extermination of every Jew (more than 15 million people). But God has a better plan.  Haman’s ambition leads him to prepare the instrument for Mordecai’s demise.

  • The King – Xerxes.  This ancient “Shah” has a sleepless night. God woke him up so that he might take action to honor Mordecai, the very man Haman despises.

  • The Pawn – Mordecai.  One “insignificant” man can make a difference. He is humble, committed, and wise.


God has already prepared things for a positive outcome.

He always does.



How has God prepared things for what I am facing now?

The next time you can’t sleep, ask God if He is trying to tell you something.