Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Year 8, Day 65: Esther 5

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Esther makes good on her promise.  She goes before the king, hoping to be pardoned.  The king does pardon her and gives her the opportunity to invite him and Haman to a feast she has prepared.  Haman is summoned and they go together to the feast.  When the king asks what he can do for her, she invites them back the next day where she will reveal her will.

We can’t be sure why Esther pauses and waits a day.  In my blog post from 6 years ago, I list some potential reasons.  The effect of her waiting, though, gives us a neat view into Haman’s life.  He reacts to the delay in Esther’s request rather positively.  He thinks that he is given special treatment because he has been invited two days in a row to dine with the king.

However, on the way home, Haman sees Mordecai.  His mood is ruined.  There is a deep lesson here.  In the grand scheme of things, Haman has already won.  He has gotten the king to issue an edict against the Jews.  He has gotten to feast with the king and queen two days in a row.  He’s in a great position.  Yet he allows Mordecai to sour the mood!

How often do we do this?  We have many things to celebrate and rejoice over, yet we focus on the things going wrong.  We have reason to be glad and we choose to worry instead.   I am just as guilty of this as the next person. When we step back, this kind of behavior doesn’t make sense.  In the moment, when we can’t see the forest for the trees, we think it makes sense.  The reality, however, is that we should behave otherwise.  How many times do we need to see how blessed our lives are before we decide to celebrate with God and the people around us who share in our blessing?