Friday, April 22, 2016

Seeking Self-Satisfaction

                                                                                                      Seeking Self-Satisfaction
                              Esther 6:1-9

After the banquet with Queen Esther and Haman, King Ahasuerus could not sleep and sent for the book of records to be read before him. Do you think it was a coincidence that the king couldn’t sleep, or was it the providence of God? “A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). God, in His sovereignty, overrules the intentions of men to fulfill His purposes. Sometimes, God, accomplishes His greatest work in the hearts of men in the middle of the night, while they lay upon their beds.

Mordecai had gone unrewarded for saving the life of the king–––not a good reflection of the kings character. Haman, on the other hand, was up all night planning and plotting to have Mordecai hanged. Haman came to the palace early that morning and the king, hoping someone would be in court early, immediately summonsed Haman to come into his presence––an unexpected privilege. Haman had only one thing on his mind that day, it was to hang Mordecai.

The king also had a single interest on his heart; Mordecai had not been properly honored and he wanted to make this right. A question was presented to Haman, “What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour?” Haman lays out in detail every honor he would be delighted to receive publicly. The fact that Haman was able to make such a list of honors to give to the king immediately, suggests that he must have been thinking about them, if ever he were asked.

Haman never divulged his hatred for Mordecai to the king or that the decree against the Jews was directed towards Mordecai. He was blinded by his pride and sought what would satisfy him most. As Christians, we are to seek the things above, where Christ is, and not the pleasures and self-satisfactions of this world. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:2).

Lord, may I set my mind and expressions of love on You.

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