Do you think Esther was stressed the night before worrying about what would happen the next evening or was she calm; knowing that God had full control of the situation and all would be well?
As Christians, we should do the latter; fast/pray, receive wise counsel, and make all the appropriate arrangements for the execution of the plan. We’ve done our part as God has Willed it. Now, we watch God’s Glory shine through us to see the fulfillment unfold.
If, as Christians, we stress and worry, this may be an indication that we do not believe in God’s promises because we’re not practicing His principles. We’ve taken God’s hands off of the situation and put our hands on it to try and fix it.
Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)
6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
We know Esther decided to trust in God and believe that all would work out for His Glory. Remember, she made a statement in Esther 4:16, “and if I perish, I perish.”
That’s how our character should be as well. “I will do it all for God even if it means death at the end.” Do we love our Jesus enough to die for Him? If the answer is no, then it’s time to check ourselves. He did it for us, why wouldn’t we do it for Him? I know this may be a very strong statement for many, but meditate on it.
Matthew 7:12 (AMP)
So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this is (sums up) the Law and the Prophets.
Jesus died the ultimate price for us. Are we willing to do the same for Him?
The king and Haman attend the second night’s dinner as Esther requested. Again, as the wine is being poured out, the king asks Esther.
Esther 7:2 (AMP)
…What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted. And what is your request? Even to the half of the kingdom, it shall be performed.
This is the third time he asks the same question. What a patient man waiting for her response. He loves her dearly that he would probably wait longer if she delayed further. But she knows this is the appointed time to reveal herself and all around her. She responds with all her heart poured out with passion.
Esther 7:3-7 (AMP)
3Then Queen Esther said, If I have found favor in your sight, O king and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition and my people at my request. 4For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, slain, and wiped out of existence! But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I would have held my tongue, for our affliction is not to be compared with the damage this will do to the king. 5Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, Who is he, and where is he who dares presume in his heart to do that? 6And Esther said, An adversary and an enemy, even this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and queen. 7And the king arose from the feast in his wrath and went into the palace garden; and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Queen Esther, for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king.
What a moment of mixed emotions arising in the atmosphere; emotions of God-fearing speech and boldness from Esther, emotions of confusion and anger from the King, and emotions of fear and anxiety from Haman.
The time had arrived that all was exposed. All that Haman had plotted came to a halt in an instant. Now, Haman is begging for his life…
Is it all worth it? Scheming, planning, and trying to execute plans against God? It’s not like we can hide it. God sees all and we just play the fool thinking we can trick the system. But even knowing all this, we try it any way to see if we can get away with it. Is it really worth it?
As the king comes back to the place of drinking of wine, he sees Haman falling upon the couch where Esther was sitting. The king’s anger is stirred up even more and says, “Will he even forcibly assault the queen in my presence, in my own palace?” As the servants heard the king speak, they took Haman and covered his head. Then, Haman was taken to be hung in the same gallows he had planned to hang Mordecai.
Be advised that the plans of evil that may be planned against someone will always come back to haunt them in some way. Believe the saying that says, “What goes around comes around!” Know that injustice will eventually receive justice. It’s a fact of life and God will see to it.
Romans 12:19 (AMP)
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God’s] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord.