You and I do not have the corner on drama in our lives. All it takes is 20 minutes or so of reading the Bible to know that drama is part of life. Esther is one of my favorite Bible stories and with only 10 chapters in the book of Esther you could read it in a single setting. You might want to get your notebook out though, with all the twists and turns of this incredible story, it might be a challenge to keep them all straight.
If you haven’t read it – this is a spoiler alert! But the summary will help shine a light on something we need to remember. Esther becomes Queen after winning the heart of the King. But Esther is a Jew and Jews were hated by some who were close to the King. Haman is evil and plots to annihilate the Jews. Esther rises to the challenge that she must intercede on behalf of her people to save them. So she throws a dinner and invites both the King and Haman to the table.
I don’t know how long this banquet lasted but Esther 7 starts out with them conversing over the ‘second dinner of the evening’. Esther is courageous. The king’s heart is moved by his queen and he has an epiphany of the caliber of evil within Haman’s heart. I’m not giving up anymore of the story right now…but I want you to remember this powerful lesson. Especially when you find yourself in a battle that feels full of twists & turn in your own story. Remember this story of Esther, and Haman, and the king and know this…the presence of your enemy at the banquet table does not diminish the presence of your King.
When you choose Jesus as your King, it will not matter who else is at your table. Psalm 23:5 tells us, “You treat me to a feast, while my enemies watch. You honor me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows.”