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The Book of Esther: #10DaysBibleChallenge Day 6

June 13, 2016

Day 6: Esther Chapter 6

 

  1. The Enemy Suggestion, God’s Interception

Esther chapter 5 ended with Haman’s wife saying to the Haman, ” let a gallows be made, fifty cubits high, and in the morning suggest to the king that Mordecai be hanged on it”, and that suggestion made Haman very happy. Haman made the gallows and was waiting for morning to go before the king to make the suggestion, but before morning could come, the Lord was already providing an escape for Mordecai and the Jews. This is to show that God is always a step ahead! God is never late. His timing is perfect and nothing comes as a surprise to Him! Before Haman could come make his evil suggestions, the Lord disturbed the sleep of the king. Because God knows all, He withdrew sleep from King Ahasuerus which forced him to revisit his books of records where Mordecai’s act that saved his life was recorded and to realized that he never did anything to thank Mordecai for his act. Just as the king is pondering on this, Haman appears before the king, but instead of Haman suggesting that Mordecai be killed, he indirectly suggested that he be honored. The Lord intercepted the enemy’s plan and used the same opportunity to honor the one who was meant to be killed. To top it off, the Lord used the same person that was meant to destroy Mordecai to parade him around the kingdom proclaiming before him, ” thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor” -(Esther 6:9).

When we are walking with God with holy hands, the Lord goes before us to fight for us. The Lord will cause those in the position to influence our lives to remember us for the right reasons, but what have we done that deserves to be remembered by the Lord? What have we done that will make God withdraw sleep from our enemy? Have we served God faithfully? Have we walked in righteousness, hated the things that God hates, obeyed His commandments, and loved our neighbors? Nehemiah cried out to the Lord, ” Remember me, my God, according to all that I have done for this people” -(Nehemiah 5:19) and again he cried, “Remember  me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds for the house of my God, and for its services” (Nehemiah 13:14). Before Mordecai’s name could be tarnished by Haman, the Lord intercepted and made the king to remember his name for something good. Before his character could be assassinated, God reminded the king that Mordecai was an honorable man, a man of integrity and high moral standings. The Bible tells us that what the enemy meant for evil, God uses for our good. (Genesis 50:20). Haman thought he was making suggestions to destroy his enemy and exalt himself not knowing that God was about to intercept the plans to shame him and uplift His people. We can rest knowing that though we may have been overlooked for what we have done, when the time is right, the Lord will revisit us. Zeresh, the wife of Haman that gave him the suggestion, was the same one that ended up declaring, ” if Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him, but will surely fall before him”- (Esther 6:13). It is important to note that all of these sudden changes in events are a direct effect of the answered prayers from the prayers and fast of Mordecai, Esther, and their people. Prayer moves the Lord to fight on our behalf. When we fight spiritually in prayer, God manifests the victory physically.  The Lord will intercept the enemy’s plans and cause same persons seeking our downfall to be the one to sing our praises as we walk with Him.

Prayer Points:

  • Lord remember me for good. Whatever I have not been honored for, honor me in Your time.
  • Lord intercept whatever plans my enemies have for me. Use their suggestions for my good.
  • Fight my battles, Lord. Let me be still.

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