“Spurred on by the king’s command, the couriers went out, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa. The king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was bewildered” – Esther 3:15
I remember a time not too distant now when the negative and hurtful things that people did, or do affected me. But when I realised it was to my detriment and the effect it had in my life didn’t in any way reverberate back to them, I realised it was an exercise in futility. We all remember the story of Mordecai and Haman, one a Jew who refused to bow down in fear or reverence of the other. And how this burned Haman, for he was a man of so much wealth and decorated by the king (who was ruler over 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush – Esther 1:1; 3:1). And for this single reason hatched a plan not just to destroy him, but also all the people of his race (Esther 3:1-15). It is interesting to read that when he thought he had succeeded in wining over the king and effecting his plan, that was indeed the time that the Lord had raised help, for her steps had previously been ordered of the Lord to find favour with the King and the palace people for such a time (Esther 4:14b). It’s even more interesting how the plans of destruction that Haman planned for Mordecai was visited upon Haman.
My story today will indeed be a short one, but should serve as a reminder why we ought not to loose sleep, over any situation or circumstance we find ourselves in. And as we have read, that it’s imperative that we know that yet before we encounter such situations and oppositions, that the Lord has already made provisions for the solution. And He has shown us that the solution to our problems is already resident and present in our lives even before the problem arises (Esther 2:1-23; 3:1). Is anyone of us going through something right now, I am here to encourage you that your solution is with you, and that this problem is not worth loosing you joy over. Never to forget the purpose for which the problem was sent; to steal, kill and destroy your Joy (John 10:10) which the Lord Jesus came to give you to the full. Don’t let that happen.
And if we have in anyway been engaged in dispersing unwholesome behaviour towards others, let us repent of it and seek the forgiveness of God. Dear Lord, I ask thee to forgive me merciful saviour for all the times that I have knowingly and unknowingly hurt the lives of the people around me. Dear Lord, have mercy upon my life and please remove from my life the punishment that the consequence of my action incurred. Thank you Lord for forgiving me in the wonderful name of Jesus I have prayed Amen.