Esther 6: When God Intervenes
Haman must’ve been getting a little bit frustrated in Esther 6. He had this plan to exterminate all of the Jewish people, and he was going to start with Mordecai. However, I think that we can see divine intervention at work here.
One night, king Ahasuerus was having a hard time sleeping, so he wanted some of their record books to be read to him. It was in those books that he realized that Mordecai was the one who actually stopped the assassination attempt on his life but had never been properly honored for that. He knew he had to make that right.
Est 6:4 And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king’s house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.
Est 6:5 And the king’s servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.
Est 6:6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?
Haman was all excited that this honor was going to be for him, so he basically said that they should allow the one who was honored to ride through the street wearing all of the king’s apparel and riding on the king’s horse.
Est 6:10 Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king’s gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.
Haman followed through on his word, but he also became incredibly aware that there was no way he could kill Mordecai at that moment like he had planned back in verse four.
This is going to sound a little bit morbid, but we are kind of like this at times. I am absolutely not saying that we all want to murder an entire group of people, but I am saying that we have a plan, and we get really close to executing that plan. However, God has something else in mind.
Haman was literally outside the king’s chambers ready to condemn Mordecai. His plan could have been completed in five minutes. He was probably getting excited because his plan was just about ready to come to fruition.
However, for some reason, the king could not sleep that night and happened to be reading from the particular book that recorded Mordecai’s heroism. I use the word “happened” as kind of an understatement because I believe there was a lot more at work here than chance.
God’s plan might not always make sense, and its timing might seem questionable. God could have intervened before Haman even started to plot against Mordecai, but for some reason, He waited until this moment to intervene and save Mordecai from death at this particular point.
As Christians, even though I am sure that we don’t plan to do this kind of evil, this should be a wake-up call. We might have a plan, and we might come really close to seeing our plan happen. However, we need to remember that God has a better plan, and that is the one that we really need to try to be following.