King Xerxes couldn't sleep the night before the morning when Haman planned to ask him to impale Mordecai to the pole he had set up. So he ordered the book of Chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. It was recorded that Mordecai had exposed two officers who guarded the doorway, plotting to kill him. So the King wanted to honor Mordecai since nothing had been done to honor him. Morning came, and Haman appeared in the King's court to ask the King to execute Mordecai. However, before he could ask the King, King Xerxes asked him, "What should be done for the man the King delights to honor?" Haman thought the King was referring to him, so he replied, "For the man the King delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the King has worn and a horse the King has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the King's most noble princes. Let them robe the man the King delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, 'This is what is done for the man the King delights to honor!'"
King Xerxes agreed with Haman's suggestion and immediately ordered Haman to do just as he suggested to Mordecai. That morning, Haman paraded Mordecai through the city streets and honored him in front of people. Haman came home grieving about what happened, and his wife and friends told him that Mordecai would be his downfall. Then the King's servant arrived at Haman's place to pick him up for Esther's banquet (Esther 6:1-14). One of the lessons we can learn from this event is that God is in control of Mordecai's situation. It was not an accident that King Xerxes couldn't sleep a night before Haman's plan to ask the King to kill Mordecai the next morning. It was not an accident that King Xerxes found out that Mordecai had not been honored for what he had done in saving the King's life.
God can work out any situations that we are facing today. God can change situations and hearts of people according to His purpose and plan in our lives. He can open or close doors. Let us continue to trust our Lord and walk in His ways. Proverbs 21:1 says, "The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will."
Ask yourself these questions for application: (Think through these questions carefully and meditate on them while answering them, and let the Spirit of God speaks to you). What lesson can I learn from this story? Describe a situation in which you have seen God work in your situation. Do you trust God in the current situation that you are facing right now?
Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, I am encouraged to know that you are in control of all the situations I face. I am blessed to know that your ultimate plan prevails no matter what happens, and I am secure in your loving arms. Please help me to trust in you and not to worry or be afraid. In your name, Jesus, I pray, Amen.