Reading through the Bible together
Dressed in the splendor of a queen, Esther stood unannounced in the court across from her husband. The king’s heart was still tender towards his queen, and he extended his scepter towards her. One part of the plan was successful: as Esther was allowed to touch the scepter, she knew her life had been spared. Now, she must save her people.
True to character, the king impetuously, for every ear in the royal court to hear, offered Esther anything—up to half the kingdom. Esther had three days to form her plan, and stayed on course, meekly inviting the king and Haman to a banquet at her residence.
After a luxurious meal, the king reaffirmed his offer to grant Esther her request. Esther replied with an invitation to a banquet the following day. Why didn’t Esther speak out then—did she lose her nerve? Perhaps this second banquet was all a part of her plan. Her request would be a heavy one. She had to ask the king to reverse an irreversible decree, to give up a massive sum of money, to accept that his right-hand man was a murderous manipulator—all the while admitting that she had deceived him about her heritage for the last 5 years. A good night’s rest, and a little more time were her only hope of softening what was sure to be a heavy blow.
Haman left the banquet joyful. But as he passed the palace gate, his indignation rose. Mordecai stood at his post and failed to bow and stubbornly refused to tremble. Haman’s pride was wounded, and all joy was gone.
Haman gathered his wife and friends and proudly reminded them of his power, position, riches and the number of his children. He told them about the banquet, and how the queen invited no one but him and the king to a second banquet tomorrow. And yet, he lamented, none of it mattered so long as Mordecai lived. His friends suggested Mordecai be hanged. Haman was once again pleased—the gallows were ordered and made immediately.
Haman was a proud man, and his biggest weakness was his inability to enjoy the good things in life because of one irritant—Mordecai. How often we seem like Haman. Most of us are immeasurably blessed, yet, we allow singular things, both big and small, to prevent us from being happy. We think, I’ll be happy when: I quit this job; I find my soul-mate; my sister’s cancer is healed; I make enough money; my health is improving. The difficulties of life shouldn’t prevent us from being happy and in love with God right now. Difficulties that are part of a life sanctified to Christ can actually make us happy—something pride and circumstance can never do.
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