Thus must have Esther thought and decided to do what she thought best to do for that moment, Esther 5:4"If it pleases the king," replied Esther, "let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him." As the banquet continues, the king asks again what Esther's petition was, but she had not mustered enough courage yet (I guess) for she says Esther 5:8 "If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king's question.". She had got away from the situation she so dreaded (the possibility of offending the king) another time.
Lessons I learnt
- Taking the step of faith-She risked her life , by stepping out to meet the king without being summoned.
- The Wait-She had survived the meeting with the king, this would have probably encouraged her that God was involved for her life had been spared..especially with a king who would rather listen to his advisors and nobles, than his wife. She would have probably waited for that special hint from God, the nudge, when God says in your heart "Ok go ahead", "speak, for I am with you". And as she waited, that nudge from God came, quite vividly and clearly, because God moved in a powerful way.
- God moved-What are the odds for a sleepless king, entertaining himself by reading the chronicles of his reign? I'd think for the kind of king Xerxes has been portrayed so far, he should have called for some dancers or something. More than that, ironically, Haman was in the courts to talk to the king about hanging Mordecai while the king investigates v3 "What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?". As the event unfolds, Haman gets the task to honor Mordecai whom he had sought to kill.
- Go for the knock out-With all this now donoe for Mordecai, Esther suddenly has found her strength in going before the king, as she sees, an impossible turnaround in the circumstances, Haman(the enemy) honouring her uncle Mordecai before the entire country. So she spoke "If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request. 4 For I and my people have been sold for destruction and slaughter and annihilation. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king. [a] "
- Victory-In a blink of an eye the atmosphere changes from one of fear, to stress(hoping what the king would do about Haman), then in quick succession Esther views the fall of Haman, the enemy. She sees her victory manifest right before her eyes as "v9 ..Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, "A gallows seventy-five feet [b] 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!" 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king's fury subsided."
Conclusion:Our God calls us more than conquerors . Every conquest requires careful planning and strategy. If we are conquerors, we would surely have a lot to conquer. Esther's experience with the king has taught me how God desires for us to fully win all the battles the enemy intends to use to annihilate us. In a battle though our face is turned toward the enemy our ears and concentration must be behind the scenes in our camp to wait and listen for our Leader's command to charge at the opportune time and not be moved by what is happening in the enemy's camp no matter how powerful the enemy might seem as Haman had seemed to Esther.