Today’s Scripture Reading: Esther 5:1 through 10:3
That night the king had trouble sleeping, so he ordered an attendant to bring the book of the history of his reign so it could be read to him. In those records he discovered an account of how Mordecai had exposed the plot of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the eunuchs who guarded the door to the king’s private quarters. They had plotted to assassinate King Xerxes.
In Eastern courts, there were scribes or officers whose duty was to keep a journal of every occurrence worthy of notice. It was a custom with Eastern kings, to frequently have these journals read to them. It wasn’t only a pastime to while away a sleepless night, but it was a source of instruction to the monarch; by reviewing the important incidents of his own life, as well as those of his ancestors. So it wasn’t at all uncommon for a king to call for the court journal. (A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments)
But, for King Xerxes to…
- be unable to sleep on that particular day and time
- order the book to be read to him
- have his attention specially directed to the important and yet unrewarded services of Mordecai
…causes us immediately suspect a divine setup.
Now add to that the fact that for “some reason” Esther waited until the second banquet to make her request known.
She had immediately exposed Haman
King Xerxes had slept like a baby
The king had read a novel, People magazine, or the newspaper instead of the court journal…
The whole Jewish race could have been killed on March 7th, during the 13th year of reign of King Xerxes.
Friends, things like this don’t just happen, they aren’t “coincidences.” EVERY DAY a divine plan is unfolding.
The question becomes, will we work with the Lord or work against Him?
Esther called for a 3-day fast to put her humanness in its place so she could hear God’s voice instead of her own. It would have been easy for her to have allowed fear to overcome her and to have fought against the plan of God rather than worked within it.
I encourage you to put on your HS-D glasses (Holy Spirit Dimension) and begin to see the amazing things God is doing to get His will accomplished in your life.
Heavenly Father, You are the one and only true God. Your attention to detail is amazing! What you did for Esther and Mordecai You will do for us. We trust you to divinely “set-up” our day! We’re expecting it!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezra 4:7-23; Ezra 7:1 through Ezra 8:36