By: Lisa Wilmore
Scripture Reading: And Esther said, the adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and queen. And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make a request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king…And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, hang him thereon. So they hanged Haman on gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified. On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews” enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her. And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman
( Esther 6:6-10; 8:1-2).
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We all are able to attest to unfair treatment in our workplaces, church affiliations, and even our families. Actually, people who are used by the enemy, may intentionally set traps for us but later suffer the wrath of God’s hand fall into their own traps. The adage, “If you dig one ditch, you’d better dig two because the trap you set, it may be for you”, has held true to those of us who have been at the helm of the enemies’ tricks.
I have been truly blessed by the reading of our aforementioned passage of scripture which highlights Haman’s “ditch digging” effort to hang Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, who refused to bow and give reverence to him. King Ahasuerus promoted Haman above all the princes. Because he sat in a seat of authority, persons bowed when he came in their presence, except Mordecai. So, he set a trap for Mordecai to be hung, but it was ultimately to his demise. In like manner, God will handle the “ditch-diggers” and “trap-setters” in our lives.
The Bible teachers us, “Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquities for they shall be soon cut down like the grass, and withered as the green herb” (Psalm 37:1-3). What a wonderful expression that support the aforementioned text, when Haman falls in the trap that he set for Mordecai.