“Now Mordecai went out from the prince of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, with a great crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad. The Jews had light and gladness, joy and honor. And in every province and city, wherever the king’s command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday. Then many of the people of the land became Jews, because fear of the Jews fell upon them.” Esther 8:15-17
In the beginning of this chapter Esther is sorrowful, but by the end of the chapter she and all the people are joyful. Seven times in the three verses above we read words that express jubilation. What caused this jubilation? The people saw that Mordecai was robed in royalty and that he had delivered a decree that promised to protect all the Jews in the land. This gave them great hope, which reminded me of Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
It is important to understand the new decree did not promise to deliver the Jews from persecution or problems, but by simply seeing Mordecai the Jews knew God was working behind the scenes. As a result they experienced peace and many of their sorrows were turned into joy. The people around them observed this taking place and “many of the people of the land became Jews.”
Evangelist Billy Sunday said, “If you have no joy in your religion, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.” Oh, how I pray that every Christian would know God is with them, that He will never leave them or forsake them, and that He is turning their sorrows into joy. The more Christians know these truths and live accordingly, the more people in our land would observe the fruit of our lives and desire to become Christians as well.
Join us Wednesday night as we open Esther 8 and look deeper into the amazing story of God’s providential care with a message titled “Sorrows Into Great Joy”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!