Friday, July 11, 2008

Esther - Is it Too Late?

Esther 6:10-14"Go at once," the king commanded Haman. "Get the robe and the horse and do just as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king's gate. Do not neglect anything you have recommended." So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, "This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!" Afterward Mordecai returned to the king's gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, "Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him—you will surely come to ruin!" While they were still talking with him, the king's eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.

Talk about a lesson in humility! Pride comes before the fall and all those other cliches that mean 'you just got punked'. Haman is forced to use his own suggestions and prance Mordecai through the city in the king's robes proclaiming that he is one who the king delights in!

As with many of us, whether it's our own doing or by happenstance, when we are left running home with our "tail between our legs" we seek out the comfort of our loved ones. Oops, bad idea this time.

Sometimes the truth is hard to hear - especially when it's not what you want to hear. What his loved ones had realized that he had not yet grasped is something we see in
Romans 8:31. If God is for us, who can be against us? God was for the Jews! Before Haman had a chance to think about what that meant - he was whisked away to the feast that the queen had prepared.

The problem is: is it too late for Haman? We'll see in the next chapter whether it is or not, but for us, as long as we are breathing, it's never too late. We may fall, we may stumble, we will make bad decisions - but it is never too late to ask God to forgive us and to use us for His glory - the question is, will we?

2 wonderful insights:

ocean mommy said...

Hi Dorothy!

I saw your comment over at Refresh My Soul!

Just wanted you to know that we are facing the same thing here. Our heart says to do one thing, but our checkbook says another.
It's so frustrating and confusing and honestly, we've had some heated words over it. I keep hearing God speak to me that the enemy is the author of confusion and that my fear is coming straight from him. Even knowing all that, it is so hard to let go and give!

Goodness, I'm being wordy...
Just wanted you to know that I've prayed for you! I'm anticipating HIM with you!


Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Love this! I always thought this was quite comical! Pride does go before the fall. Not just for Haman but in my own life as well.

Good stuff.