“So the king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Shushan was perplexed.” Esther 3:15b
Four years had passed since Esther became queen and Mordecai began to rule at the city gate. Everything seemed to be peaceful in Shushan. Then, in a moment, everything changed because of a man named Haman. Although everyone in the kingdom was willing to bow down to Haman, Mordecai was not. As a result, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews by casting lots (what the Persians would call “pur”) to determine the day the Jews would be exterminated.
Every March the Jewish people celebrate the Feast of Purim. Part of the celebration is the public reading of the book of Esther in the synagogue, and whenever the name “Haman” is read out loud the people stomp their feet and exclaim, “May his name be blotted out!” To the Jewish people, Haman personifies every person who has ever tried to exterminate them.
It appears it wasn’t just the Jews that were perplexed by the situation in Shushan, rather the entire city was perplexed. People must have feared the possibility of mobs and riots in the streets. They must have feared the loss of friends and family. But do you know who wasn’t perplexed or afraid? God was not perplexed or afraid. He was on the throne. He was in control. He was going to accomplish His will, His way, and in His perfect time.
Maybe you are perplexed or afraid of the things going on in our country, our cities, or even in your own homes and you find yourself crying out to God, “I’m not going to make it through today.” If so, you must know what God has to say to you: “I am still on the throne. I am it complete control and I am going to accomplish My will, My way, and in My time and I will never leave you nor forsake you. So take heart, I will make all things beautiful in My time!”
Join us this Wednesday night at 6:30pm at the Portillo’s home as we open Esther 3 for our Midweek Study. God bless you all and hope to see you there!