- With much anxiety, I am sure, the king is approached by his queen. To her pleasant surprise the king receives her warmly. She then unfolds the plan she made to the king (unknown to him) by having a banquet where only three are invited: the king, herself, and Haman. Haman, a man who is on the rise in the political climate of the time, is unaware that he has already reached the pinnacle of his success and in on his way down. It will be a hard fall.
- Application: As you consider Haman and his response to the events of the day, reflect for a moment with regard to yourself: have you ever experienced joy to whatever degree, only to have it removed almost immediately because of circumstances that, when looked back on, are related to that joyous experience? You may not have, but I have. It taught me a lesson I have not forgotten; whether I have properly interpreted the reason for the joy, I have also taken note that I lost it (in fact, this happened more than once). Thus, I have approached it much differently since, and more simply. I refuse to allow myself to get “too high” with joy, because when (if) it is removed, the fall is harder. I merely approach the joy and whatever displeasure that follows with a modest approach to the Lord thanking Him for that which is in my life – even when I don’t understand. This is a lesson and an application I have learned.