Big Idea: God is at work in things as small as when we can’t sleep. God also allows evil to exist even while he limits its destructive expressions. God has designed his movements in this world so that they are both evident and deniable. As people of faith, we need to train our eyes to see God at work.
I. Telling the Story
A. Coincidental insomnia? (6:1)
B. A coincidentally selected scroll (6:1b-3)
C. Haman just happened to be there? (4a)
D. The coincidental collision of agendas: how to honor and hang the same man? (4b)
II. Timeless Truth that helps us to Live Differently
A. Understanding insomnia and learning from it
1. The scope of insomnia
2. Causes of insomnia
a. Nine Natural causes
b. Ten Spiritual causes
(Psalms 6:6-7,22:1-2, 127:2; Ecclesiastes 2:23-25; Psalms 32:3-5, 94:12-13, 95:11; I Timothy 5:5;
II Timothy 1:3; II Corinthians 6:5; I Thessalonians 2:9)
B. God provides ample proof of His work without overwhelming the will of humanity.
C. Man’s motives might be to kill and destroy, but God will accomplish His purposes.
D. God will use apparent coincidence to accomplish His design to humble the proud.