"The Great Reversal"
The decree was written in the name of King Xerxes and sealed with the king’s signet ring. Mordecai sent the dispatches by swift messengers, who rode fast horses especially bred for the king’s service. The king’s decree gave the Jews in every city authority to unite to defend their lives. They were allowed to kill, slaughter, and annihilate anyone of any nationality or province who might attack them or their children and wives, and to take the property of their enemy.
Reverse- To change in the opposite direction, position, or course of action (turnaround, shift, defeat)
The book of Esther is filled with ironies, coincidences, and God’s powerful yet implicit deliverance. In seasons when you feel like God is silent, it is probably when He is working the most. Esther spent 1 year in preparation to become the Queen of Persia. Your calling from God will require preparation in the back end before you get to the front end.
God also works behind the scenes in situations as well, from Mordecai overhearing the plot to assassinate King Xerxes, to the king not being able to sleep only to be reminded of Mordecai saving his life. You see, when Satan is throwing fiery darts at you meant for your destruction, God is using those same darts to destroy him.
The Plan Was Already in Place
Esther 4:16 NKJV
“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
Are you willing to accept the worse possible outcome to accomplish God’s will?
Providentially, Esther and the rest of the Jews did not perish, but I can’t help but think about Jesus in this situation. Jesus died for the sins of those who would believe in Him, only to be delivered by an ultimate comeback. God rose Him from the dead! Talk about a reversal! God takes what the enemy meant for harm and uses it for good as Joseph said in Genesis 50:20.
Esther took a chance on God and accepted the fact that approaching the king might not end well. Not only did it end well, but grief was turned into joy and mourning was turned into celebration. Haman, the evil official of the empire, suggested the destruction of the Jews only to be destroyed by his own device. Her obedience resulted in salvation for the Jews in Persia. Jesus's obedience resulted in salvation for the world.
Esther did not become a hero by succumbing to the “what if’s” in life. She had to get over her fears and do what she was called to do. She drew her strength and resources from God. She did not act hastily, but she carefully calculated the opportune time to deploy her plan. This great reversal is not what we normally think of when we hear the word reverse. When I hear the word reverse, I normally think of "to go back and undo". The king was not allowed to technically "reverse" his original decree but had to declare another decree on top of it.
Since God is in control of time, do you know how easy it would be for Him to reverse what Adam and Eve did? To delete all the mess we find ourselves in now? Why doesn’t He just erase our problems and let us have a redo? It’s because He is using our problems to accomplish a greater good. He already had a plan set up for all of our mistakes. Jesus is the ultimate testament to this fact.
God does not erase what the enemy does because He already has His own strategies in place to destroy the enemy’s plan. God is always in control.
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