Night Musings, Daily Blessings
by Impact Church
6:1 During that night the king could not sleep so he gave an order to bring the book of records, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. 6:2 It was found written what Mordecai had reported concerning Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs who were doorkeepers, that they had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 6:3 The king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” Then the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” Esther 6:1-4
Have you ever been unable to get to sleep because you had too much on your mind? Ever sought sleepy refuge by reading a book, your Bible, turning on a TV movie, or ESPN sports highlights? Ever replayed your day or taken a long look back at tough days or the good old days, recounting your history with its lows and highs? Ever realized you’ve done something wrong and fell under conviction, or in the case of the passage above, something you haven’t done for someone who did something good?
In the story of Esther, an exiled Jewish woman married to a Persian king, it was an occasion of her husband suffering from insomnia that would become a turning point in the murderous threat of the Jewish people. Planted in the Ahasuerus’s kingdom was Haman, a Persian administrator who was conspiring to have the Jewish people massacred. Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, learned of the threat. And as it just happened, it was Mordecai who had done a kind thing for the King, written in the king’s history book, by alerting him to a plot by his two conspirators, his own doorkeepers, to have him killed.
All of the unrelated elements in the four verses come together to form a divine intervention to save Yahweh’s covenantal people. Hard to see how a sleepless king, a book of records, an early version of an audio book, and a good deed unrewarded can align to do all of that, but they did.
God reveals Himself in the Bible, which is the ultimate standard of all truth. But to those people who don’t have a Bible or to make the Bible truths very personal, He also reveals Himself to people in dreams and visions. From Numbers 12:6,
“If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known to him in a vision; I will speak with him in a dream.”
And from Job 33:14-17,
“For God speaks, the first time in one way, the second time in another, though a person does not perceive it. In a dream, a night vision, when deep sleep falls on people as they sleep in their beds, then he gives a revelation to people, and terrifies them with warnings, to turn a person from his sin, and to cover a person’s pride.”
Ahasuerus, the Persian king, wasn’t intending to accomplish God’s will of protecting the Jews from the evil conspirator Haman. From his experience, he was unable to sleep and realized that he should honor the man for whom nothing had been done for a good deed. A grateful heart motivated the king to thank Mordecai.
From Mordecai’s bed, he likely didn’t sleep either, tossing and turning over the impending threat to him and the Jewish people. Earlier in the book (4:1-3), Mordecai tore his clothes and went around wailing loudly and bitterly. He made no secret of the gravity of the news that the Jewish people who be annihilated by Haman’s plan. He pleaded with his niece Esther to use her royal position to intercede on her peoples’ behalf. In his famous appeal about her ascension into office and not being silent, he said, “And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this.” (4:14).
Not in the chamber of the Queen of his Jewish niece did the impetus for salvation come, but in the late night hour of a king’s bedroom and from the mouth of a servant reading a history book, not unlike a royal bedtime story, did God’s sovereign redemptive plan begin to take shape.
The little things produce the most profound results. The little things that need to be attended to can, and most likely, create a much bigger impact than we can imagine. Great faith in God is measured in the smallest acts of trust. Ahasuerus was a pagan king who married a daughter of the LORD. Her presence would sanctify his kingdom (1 Corinthians 7 addresses this theologically important point) and God would superintend the decisions of men to achieve His glorious salvation of the Jews. All the King decided to do was honor a man who had done something good for him.
Can’t sleep? Something bugging you? Take note of a memory that needs your attention and do what’s right. You can never fully know how much good can come from it. God is moving in your memory to move you to action.