You Have a Part to Play In Foster Care
Have you heard of the fine tuning theory? In his book, “On Guard”, William Craig writes, “The so-called weak force, one of the four fundamental forces of nature, which operates inside the nucleus of an atom, is so finely tuned that an alteration in its value by even one part out of 10 to the 100th power would have prevented a life permitting universe! Similarly, a change in the value of the so-called cosmological constant, which drives the acceleration of the universe’s expansion, by as little as one part in 10 to the 120th power would have rendered the universe life prohibiting.The fine-tuning here is beyond comprehension. Having an accuracy of even one part out of 10 to the 60th power is like firing a bullet toward the other side of the observable universe, twenty billion light-years away, and nailing a one inch target!”
I am familiar with ballistics. I know how difficult it is to hit a one inch target from 300 yards. What Craig is arguing here is that the universe was designed. Colossians chapter one verse seventeen tells us that Jesus holds all things together. God doesn't just have a design for each individual atom that makes up your existence. He has a plan for your life!
Esther was a Jewish women who had risen to become queen of Persia. The King, not knowing she was Jewish sent out an edict for all of the Jewish people to be killed. Esther chapter four verse eight picks up with an exchange between Esther and her cousin Mordecai. Mordecai says three things to Esther that we need to pay attention to: The situation was Urgent; Esther's unwillingness to act would not have altered God's plan. He would have used someone else to carry out his design; God placed Esther in that moment "for such a tiome as this".
Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa for their destruction, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her and command her to go to the king to beg his favor and plead with him on behalf of her people. 9 And Hathach went and told Esther what Mordecai had said. 10 Then Esther spoke to Hathach and commanded him to go to Mordecai and say, 11 “All the king's servants and the people of the king's provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live. But as for me, I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days.” 12 And they told Mordecai what Esther had said. 13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:8-14)
Esther musters the courage to fulfill God’s call in her life. And the Jews are saved. Just as God orchestrates the universe, God orchestrated everything so that Esther could Save the Jews. David Platt tells the story of Esther like this,
“The book of Esther is like a divine drama with cosmic coincidences at every turn. After all, how did Esther become queen in the first place? One day queen Vashti just so happened to upset her husband. And he just so happened to cast her out. which just so happened to create the need for a new queen. Enter Esther who just so happened to be a beautiful Jewish women. Who just so happened to among all the women find favor in the king's eyes. And Esther just so happened to be Mordecai's cousin. Who just so happens one day to here about a plot to kill the king. So he tells Esther who tells the king and the king’s life is saved. Mordecai's act is written down in a book. But it just so happens that for some reason he is not honored at that point. All of that leads to Hayman, an evil man becoming prominent in the kingdom. He is the one that wants to kill all of the Jews. And he hates Mordecai. Because Mordecai wouldn't bow down to Hayman like everyone else. That makes hayman mad and he decides he is going to have the king kill Mordecai. So Hayman has gallows built for Mordecai. His plan is to go to the king in the morning and ask for Mordecai to be killed. But it just so happens that that night the king can't sleep, and he says, "Someone read a book to me". And It just so happens that the guy who goes to get a bedtime story for the king, out of all the books he could've pulled off the shelf, he just so happens to pick the one that tells the story of how Mordecai saved the king’s life. The king ask, "Did we honor this man, Mordecai?" And the servant says, no. So the king decides thats what he is going to do first thing in the morning. So just as soon as the sun rises as the king is ready to honor Mordecai, guess who just so happens to walk into the king’s room? Hayman. So the king asks, Hayman how do you think I should honor someone who is super special? Hayman thinks the king is talking about him and so Hayman says, put royal robes on him and parade him around for everyone to praise. And, the king says, great idea! Do that for Mordecai. All the sudden Hayman finds himself robing up the guy he wanted to hang. Leading him through the land for everyone to praise. But Hayman has still got some hope, cause queen Esther has invited him to a banquet with her and the king. So he’s thinking he is pretty special. Until he gets to the banquet and queen Esther says, we got a problem king. The King says what? She says, "You decreed that all Jews be killed and your wife is a Jew". The king says who in the world would have made me do that? And Esther points to Hayman. The king is furious he leaves the room into the garden. Hayman falls on his face pleading for mercy. The king just so happens to walk back in and at that time. He thinks Hayman is mistreating his wife and says that's it! I am hanging you. And it just so happens that some gallows had recently been built. And within hours Hayman says hello to them.”
Play Your Part
Do you understand what the book of Esther is teaching us about history? God has the whole thing planned out. He has planned it for a reason. For the salvation of his people and the praise of his name. God is orchestrating all of history to one end. Which means, God is orchestrating everything in your life toward that end. That's what Mordecai says to Esther. He tells Esther God is going to accomplish his mission and you have a part to play.
I am telling you God is orchestrating all of history for the accomplishment of his purpose and you have a part to play. You are reading this for for a reason. We know so many heartbreaking stories about children in the foster care system and beyond. The only thing that separates me from them is the mercy of God. The only thing that separates me from the fate of my friends who lost their lives in Afghanistan. The mercy of God. I should have died in Afghanistan. My friends did. One of them standing right at my side. I don't know why God has given us this mercy. But, he has given it to us for a reason. He has given it to us for the accomplishment of his mission. Just look at your life. All of the graces and blessings he has orchestrated in your life. Many of us are actively fostering, or have adopted. Some of us are on the fence.There is a need for foster parents, adoptive parents, respite care providers, Baby sitters. and just like Esther you have a part to play. Play your part.
Super Hero movies have grossed nearly 17 billion dollars in recent years. There are thirty three DC and Marvel movies in production right now for release in the next few years. In addition to DC and Marvel there are many more. We love to sit on our comfy seats and watch superhero movies. I challenge you. I beg you today, for the sake of those precious children who need us. Stop simply watching hero movies and become one.