“On that same day King Xerxes gave the property of Haman, the enemy of the Jews, to Queen Esther. Then Mordecai was brought before the king, for Esther had told the king how they were related. The king took off his signet ring-which he had taken back from Haman-and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed Mordecai to be in charge of Haman’s property. Then Esther went again before the king, falling down at his feet and begging him with tears to stop the evil plot devised by Haman the Agagite against the Jews. Again the king held out the gold scepter to Esther. So she rose and stood before him. Esther said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favor with him, and if he thinks it is right, and if I am pleasing to him, let there be a decree that reverses the orders of Haman son of Agagite, who ordered that Jews throughout all the king’s provinces should be destroyed. For how can I endure to see my people and my family slaughtered and destroyed?” Esther 8:1-6 NLT
Esther had great faith. She didn’t let fear control her. She believed in God’s protection.
“Then Mordecai left the king’s presence, wearing the royal robe of blue and white, the great crown of gold, and an outer cloak of fine linen and purple. And the people of Susa celebrated the new decree. The joys were filled with joy and gladness and were honored everywhere.”…“And King Ahasuerus imposed tribute on the land and on the islands of the sea. Now all the acts of his power and his might, and the account of the greatness of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? For Mordecai the Jew was second to King Ahasuerus, and was great among the Jews and well received by the multitude of his brethren, seeking the good of his people and speaking peace to all his countrymen.” Esther 8:15&16; 10:1-3 NLT
Even though Mordecai was convicted to die, he became the second highest ranking official in the nation.
“Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God-the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And I will also write on them my new name. ” Revelation 3: 10-12 NLT
When I hear about bad things happening in the world today, my first reaction is not always that God is in control. It is often times, fear. I question God, instead of trust him. I try to figure things out on my own. But, when I remember that my citizenship is in Heaven, I rest in God’s sovereignty. And can view my own problems in the light of eternity.
Dear Father, Help me to trust you, even when I don’t understand. Thank you that you can turn the darkest situations around for good. I want to have a faith like Esther and Mordecai. Amen.