Have you ever faced a situation where someone was working against you? They full well know they are doing wrong out of spite, out of anger or perhaps they are just a malicious person. I have known the situations many times and each time, because I sought God, yielded to Him and ask Him to be on my side about it, I’ve managed to come out relatively unscathed. I say relatively because, as I spoke about in yesterday’s entry, there are times I’ve tried to go ahead of God…and of course managed to slip up.
12 Afterward Mordecai went back to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. 13 When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him but will surely fall before him.”
Alright, quick history lesson, Esther is set 30 years before the nation of Israel is set free from captivity. Esther is queen, Mordecai is her uncle and had just informed about an attempt on the king’s life and finally, Haman had just duped the king into signing a decree to eradicate the Jewish people. We all caught up now? Alright good.
The king had asked Haman to honor the person whom had given the information about the attempt on his life and Haman did so. Notice he went home whining and crying to his wife and friends about how Mordecai had been honored. And in verse 13 really take notice of what his wife specifically says, paraphrasing here, “If Mordecai is of Jewish descent, you are going to lose.” The Jews were God’s people at the time, so He had their back. There was nothing Haman could do about it either.
Fast forward to today…we are God’s people as well, grafted onto the vine, adopted into the family of God. What does this mean? It means we let Him handle the people who are coming against us. There will be attacks on our reputations by people who are mean-hearted, envious or just don’t like seeing anyone else full of joy. These attacks are inevitable, but your best bet is to not retaliate as much as you may want to, just let Him handle it. I have recently faced two such situations and both times I have wanted to lash back. But I have lifted it up to Him in prayer and now I am just waiting. And that’s the hardest part, to wait on what He is going to do. But again I bring to memory Romans 8:31 “What then shall we say to these things? “If God is for us, who can be against us?”