Esther 5: Won’t You Hurry up?
In Esther 5, Esther bravely went into the court of the king under the penalty of potential death. However, when he saw her, he held out his scepter which was a sign that she would not be killed for breaking the rules of etiquette.
Personally I am sure that Esther must have been relieved. She wasn’t going to be killed, but she still needed to muster up the courage to ask to save the Jewish people. In doing so, she was asking king Ahasuerus to overturn a ruling that he had already permitted. Assuming that he was probably a rather proud man, I wonder how often he entertained requests like this.
Interestingly though, Esther did not immediately ask for mercy toward the Jewish people.
Est 5:3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.
Est 5:4 And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.
He was willing to give her a lot. Half of the kingdom would presumably be more than enough authority to save the Jewish people, but all that she asked was that the king and Haman, the main persecutor of the Jewish people, would dine with her at a banquet.
Part of me has to wonder what she was doing. She had permission to ask for an awful lot, and she didn’t immediately address the most important problem at hand. None of the Jewish people on the outside really knew what was going on with Esther most likely, but if they had, they might have been a little bit disappointed that she wasn’t moving faster.
Sometimes, I think we can think the same thing about God. We can wonder why He isn’t moving at the speed that we want Him to. However, we need to rest assured that God is watching over us, and He does care about humanity. At the result of both of those attributes, even if we run into circumstances that really don’t make sense like Esther asking for company at dinner rather than the rescue of her people, we can know that everything is unfolding as God wants it to.
Mat 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
Mat 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Mat 10:31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.