November 13 – Today’s Readings – Esther 7-10 and Psalms 133
Esther 7:7-8:3 reads, “The king got up in a rage, left his wine and went out into the garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life. Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining. The king exclaimed, ‘Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?’ As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, ‘A gallows seventy-five feet high stands by Haman’s house. He had it made for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.’ The king said, ‘Hang him on it!’ So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided. That same day King Xerxes gave Queen Esther the estate of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came into the presence of the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her. The king took off his signet ring, which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed him over Haman’s estate. Esther again pleaded with the king, falling at his feet and weeping. She begged him to put an end to the evil plan of Haman the Agagite, which he had devised against the Jews.”
When we deal with worldly governments, we need to constantly be on our toes. We need to be in prayer and have our ears tuned in to the “tone” of what is happening. Is there favor for God’s people or is there “an enemy” or two in positions of great authority who are seeking to destroy all that is Godly in the land. Do we have strong opposition in government or are the doors being opened for the Kingdom of God to advance. What we are looking for of course is open doors so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can have a voice. If God puts “Mordecai” types of people in places of influence, then we will have great success. If on the other hand, we have a bunch of “Hamans” around, we can expect to have more than our share of struggles with ungodly and destructive legislation. Do you see why Paul taught us to pray for governments? So much has to do with what is going on in the “halls of power”. We also need to be active in electing good people to positions of authority. We live in a privileged society where we can join our hearts together and make sure that we elect some more Mordecais to positions of power. School board members, heads of community leagues, city Counselors, MLAs, MPs – they are all supposed to represent us in the affairs of our society. We must unite – we must pray – and we must vote for Godly people. We cannot afford to have division in our ranks on this issue or we will find ourselves governed by someone whose goal is to destroy the cause of Christ. There is great rejoicing when Godliness prevails. Let’s be on our toes for we live in a world where “Haman” would love nothing more than to destroy much of what we stand for!
1. Give another example from Scripture where there was political upheaval so that God’s purposes could go forward.
2. Give and example of voting for the “right person” and seeing it make a difference.