“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Ecc 3:11)
God’s time is always perfect. Like children, we often pray: “Lord, how long do I have to wait? Give me my request NOW!” We hate applying patience. But waiting on God is never a waste. It is an activity blessed by Him. Timing is very important in sports, in finances, in medicine and other things. The right thing done at the wrong time becomes a failure. The good word spoken too early, fails to move the listener.
God’s name is not mentioned in the Book of Esther. In the first five chapters, the wicked Haman is promoted and things go well for him. He, his wife and friends are very happy! But in another world, Mordecai is suffering and he is in danger to die. In chapter 6 there is a change coming. This is a new dawn, a new beginning. Great things can happen in the night, when men sleep but God moves. For God never sleeps! We are told that the king could not sleep that night. He asked for the chronicles of the Kingdom. That is a boring thing to listen to. Maybe he thought that will make him sleepy. But no! He was reminded of how, five years previously, Mordecai, the Jew, saved his life. He quickly asks: What has been done for this man? Nothing- was the answer. There was no reward given. The king was afraid that he is found to be an ungrateful man. Even the pagan gods require reward to be given to the man who saved the king. He quickly planned to greatly reward Mordecai.
That same night Haman slept well with a false sense of security and enjoying his wicked success. In no night was Mordecai in such a danger. Up until this moment Mordecai was persecuted, not appreciated and not rewarded. But this morning, the gallows Haman built were hungry for the neck of Mordecai! But that same early morning the tables were changed. Haman was disappointed to discover that his enemy was promoted. If God was few hours too late, Mordecai could have been dead. The next day, Haman was hung on his own ‘designer’ gallows. What a story! See God’s perfect timing!
Child of God, Remember this: even if all men forget you, God knows you. Patiently enduring persecution for Christ’ sake is highly appreciated by God! God does not sleep! God does not forget your labor of love! In His time, He will reward and bless you. I have experienced His promise! I testify to it! Give God the glory in advance!