So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther. And on the second day, as they were drinking wine after the feast, the king again said to Esther, “What is your wish, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.” Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be granted me for my wish, and my people for my request. For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men and women, I would have been silent, for our affliction is not to be compared with the loss to the king.” Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who has dared to do this?” And Esther said, “A foe and enemy! This wicked Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen. Esther 7:1-6.

I am quite impressed at Esther’s patience, and her willingness to let this unfold in God’s time. She could have come groveling the first day, but she set up not one but two feasts to wait until the king was most willing to hear her. After all, the king had promoted Haman for a reason. He must have been impressed with him for some reason. And he needed to be reminded of Mordecai’s good deed, which God did in a dream.

Although God was not mentioned, God was at work. He had plans for his people, so deliverance was going to come from somewhere, as Mordecai said. It was Esther’s opportunity to play a part. And it was an opportunity for the Jews to fast and cry out to be delivered. It is an honor to belong to Him, even during the worst of times.

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