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Week 73

October 27th, 2017
Just the Right Time
Esther 6:1-14
[Haman] replied, “If the king wishes to honor someone, he should bring out one of the king’s own royal robes, as well as a horse that the king himself has ridden—one with a royal emblem on its head. Let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king’s most noble officials. And let him see that the man whom the king wishes to honor is dressed in the king’s robes and led through the city square on the king’s horse. Have the official shout as they go, ‘This is what the king does for someone he wishes to honor!’”

“Excellent!” the king said to Haman. “Quick! Take the robes and my horse, and do just as you have said for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the gate of the palace. Leave out nothing you have suggested!”

So Haman took the robes and put them on Mordecai, placed him on the king’s own horse, and led him through the city square, shouting, “This is what the king does for someone he wishes to honor!” Afterward Mordecai returned to the palace gate, but Haman hurried home dejected and completely humiliated.

When Haman told his wife, Zeresh, and all his friends what had happened, his wise advisers and his wife said, “Since Mordecai—this man who has humiliated you—is of Jewish birth, you will never succeed in your plans against him. It will be fatal to continue opposing him.” (Esther 6:7-13)
Mordecai had exposed a plot to assassinate Xerxes and thus saved the king’s life (Esther 2:21-23). Although his good deed was recorded in the history books, Mordecai had gone unrewarded. But God was saving Mordecai’s reward for the right time. Unable to sleep, the king decided to review the history of his reign, and his servants read to him about Mordecai’s good deed. This seems coincidental, but it actually just shows that God is always at work. Just as Haman was about to hang Mordecai unjustly, the king was ready to give the reward.
God has been working quietly and patiently throughout your life as well. The events that have come together for good are not due to mere coincidence; they are the result of God’s sovereign control over the course of people’s lives (Romans 8:28). Although God promises to reward our good deeds, we sometimes feel our “payoff” is too far away. Be patient. God always steps in when it will do the most good.
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