A Divine Reversal
Day: 13 | Plan: Covenant
Today’s Reading: Esther 7
Esther 7:10 (NIV) “So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.”
We live in a world wracked with sin, deceitfulness, destruction and death. So often it seems the wicked are prospering and the righteous are suffering. But rest assured one day a divine reversal will take place, and that will all change. In God’s perfect time He will right every wrong. God will vindicate Himself and His people against the evil plots of men. And all along the way, He uses people to move His divine purposes forward — people who are willing and ready to do their part.
In Esther 7, Esther courageously emerges as God’s instrument of deliverance as the crisis comes to a climax. After three days of fasting, Esther appears before the king. She finds favor with the king, and he asks for her request. That’s when she invites Haman and the king to a feast. Instead of rushing to immediately expose Haman’s plot to destroy the Jews at the first banquet, she waits. (Esther 5) Esther trusts God’s timing, and exercises holy restraint. Then, even after the second night of feasting begins, Esther remains silent and patiently waits for the king to initiate the conversation. In response to the king’s question she wisely frames her response.
Without giving too much information or pointing fingers, Esther humbly and graciously focuses on the fact that her life is in danger. She asks the king to spare her life and the life of her people from destruction, death and annihilation. (Esther 7:4; Esther 3:13) By using the language found in the edict and mentioning the king’s personal loss in the situation, she subtly yet clearly makes her point, and before she says anything else she waits to see the king’s reaction.
Like Esther, a wise person always knows what to say, when to say it and how to say it. (Proverbs 15:28; Proverbs 16:23) A wise person knows careful words are far more effective than a frustrated, finger-pointing, fiery, confrontational outburst.
Then, when the king wants to know who is responsible for such a thing, she exposes Haman. Haman is terrified, and King Xerxes is so furious he leaves the room. When the king returns, Haman’s plea for mercy looks like an assault on the queen and the king orders Haman’s execution.
At precisely the right moment, one of the king’s eunuchs just happens to point out the convenience of the nearby gallows that Haman conspicuously constructed for Mordecai — the man who saved the king’s life. Again, we see the providence of God working to preserve His people. We see the wisdom and perfect timing of words. And we see how God puts the right people in the right place at just the right time to move His purposes forward.
Each of us has a unique part to play in God’s plan. Like Esther, Mordecai and the king’s eunuch, God places us in particular situations and gives us all a role to play in the unfolding of His plan. But we have to be willing and ready to do our part. And we need the wisdom and courage to follow His lead.
When it’s all said and done, the plot Haman planned for Mordecai befell Haman instead. And Haman met his death on the same instrument he intended for Mordecai. (Psalm 7:14-16; Proverbs 11:8; Job 4:8-9; Galatians 6:7-8a)
What a divine reversal.
Perhaps the greatest reversal of all times happened on the cross. Satan thought he won when Christ was crucified, but the cross ended up being the instrument of his defeat. And the cross so full of shame, disgrace and death is the very thing that secures our victory.
Even today when it appears evil is going to triumph and we wonder how a situation is ever going to work out … we can trust God is working behind the scenes to get everything in place to deliver His children. In His perfect timing, the righteous will be rescued and the wicked will perish. And God wants to use you in this world and in your generation to move His purposes forward.
Is there a situation in your life where you need a divine reversal? Will you ask God to help you wait wisely and give you the wisdom and courage to follow His leading every step of the way?
Remember today that God has placed you exactly where you need to be to do something for Jesus. The question is, are you willing to step up and do your part?
Prayer: Sovereign God, You are all knowing and all wise. Your plans and purposes are perfect, and Your eternal promises are true! Thank You that You are fully present in every situation, and You are always working to accomplish Your will and complete Your perfect plan. Lord, help me be sensitive to Your leading in my life. Teach me to practice holy restraint and to surrender every situation to You. Help me trust You to guide my life and my words. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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