ESTHER 6:1-3: “On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. 2 And it was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 3 And the king said, “What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” The king’s young men who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: Do all things really work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose? This is a well known promise from Romans 8:28, but sometimes we wonder if it works for everyone else except us. I think perhaps Mordecai might have been struggling with the same feelings. He had been faithful to God, faithful to the king, faithful to Esther, and now an edict to destroy the Jewish people and a gallows built to hang him stood in the balance. Where was the promised “good” in all of that?
When it does not look like the Lord is doing anything we can be encouraged to know that He is always working behind the scenes on our behalf. Unknown to Mordecai, and unsolicited from him, the Lord orchestrates the beginning of a chain of events that would give honor to Mordecai, deliver the Jewish people, and overcome the threats of Haman, who desired to have Mordecai killed. It was a simple sleepless night that would lead to this chain reaction of these events. It was no coincidence that the king experienced this sleepless night and desired to have the book of memorable deeds and chronicles read to him. As these were read to the king, the Lord revealed the previous works of Mordecai in saving the king from a threat on his life. Hearing this, King Ahasuerus was moved to do something to honor Mordecai.
The rest of the story is quite interesting. The honor that Haman lusted after and tried to steal is now freely given to Mordecai. The favor of Queen Esther with King Ahasuerus is instrumental in moving his heart to save the Jewish people. The gallows that were built by Haman to hang Mordecai are now used to hang Haman for his evil plot. And finally, Mordecai, in his new position of honor, is commissioned by the king to write an edict under the king’s signature, to protect and bless the Jewish people. All of this began with an act that was sovereignly orchestrated by the Lord. A simple act of a sleepless night, and the redeeming of previous acts of obedience to the Lord. God was always working on Mordecai’s behalf. Each step of the way the Lord was working all the circumstances of his life toward good. It was good, not only for Mordecai, but also for all of God’s people.
This should bring encouragement to each and every child of God. The Lord is always working on our behalf. He never sleeps nor slumbers. There are no circumstances that are not know to Him. There are no circumstances He is not able to redeem by His mighty hand. There are no acts of faithfulness or obedience that are forgotten by Him. When we do not see anything happening in our lives, it is during these times that He is doing some of His greatest works. We do not have to strive. We do not have to worry. We only need to call upon His name, trust in His promises, and rest in His faithfulness. The promise is sure, the outcome is promised –
ROMANS 8:28-30: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” (ESV)
In Jesus Name!