Esther 6:1-3, Proverbs 15:3
This night that king Ahasuerus could not sleep, Haman’s workers were at the same time busy building the gallows to hang Mordecai. Haman’s target was to complete the gallows that very night, so that Mordecai could be hanged before he went to enjoy part 2 of the queen’s banquet.These two things happening at the same time may not seem related, but God would have it that the king’s insomnia would save Mordecai from the gallows!
The king asked for the records of all the notable things of his reign to be read to him. Of all things, and of all books, Ahasuerus requested for this one to be read to him. As the servant flipped the pages of the chronicles, he inevitably flipped to the portion of how Mordecai had saved the king’s life (Esther 2:21-23). Mordecai was a lesser known subject in the king’s gate, and not at all popular among the king’s servants. e servant had no reason to specially choose this portion. But God would have it that the servant had no choice but to read it, to remind the king of how Mordecai saved his life.
Thus, the king asked his servants “What honour and dignity has been given to Mordecai for this?” and they replied that nothing had been done for Mordecai. Ah! The king didn’t just let this deed pass by in the servant’s reading. His ears perked up, he took great interest, and he desired to do justice to this man Mordecai who saved him. It was God’s perfect timing to save, and in fact, reward Mordecai!
All this time, Mordecai was probably sleeping soundly, not knowing what was happening in Haman’s backyard, or in the king’s house. But his sovereign God was working everything out for his good to help! Dear reader, God may not show you what He’s doing behind the scenes, but you can be very sure that He is moving circumstances and people.
Dear child, even though we know God will always protect and help us, we also know that often we are wrong. Have you ever been like Haman – planning to take revenge or wanting to do something bad to someone you may not like. Don’t. Remember, God knows everything and sees the evil and the good. Dear child, if you feel like taking revenge or know you are getting angry for the wrong reason, pray. Don’t be like Haman.
Thought: God sees the evil and the good.
Prayer: Father in Heaven, I pray I’ll not be vengeful or plotting like Haman. Sometimes, I feel like doing what others would do – take revenge. But Heavenly Father, teach me not to follow others, but to follow what You teach in the wonderful Bible.I know it’s tough,but it’s not impossible.In Jesus’name,Amen.