Dave speaks on the God who speaks silently, the Esther paradox.
Is our expectation that the more we pray and talk to God we expect to hear God?
The story of Esther highlights the invisible hand of God involved in directing the story.
Can we see how God is directing our lives, even if we don't hear God directly? Even when times are challenging, God is still there directing our story.
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve;
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy;
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life;
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blessed.
The other reading in this service is 2 Corinthians 12:7-10