by ezekiel olukolajo
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Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews.
Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse. Esther 8:7-8;
A great evil had been determined against the Jews; Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite had paid ten thousand shekels of silver into the king’s treasury to carry out the destruction of all the Jews living in one hundred and twenty-seven provinces from India to Ethiopia under the reign of king Ahasuerus. The letters had been written; the decrees had been signed and sealed with King Ahasuerus’ ring – a symbol of his authority and endorsement. Given the great influence Haman enjoyed with king Ahasuerus, he was able to manipulate him into lending his full weight to the evil plan he had for the Jews. Haman’s hatred for the entire Jewish race stemmed from the fact that Mordecai the King’s gateman refused to offer him undue reverence as did every other non-Jewish person.
Following the signing of the decree for their destruction, the Jews were greatly perplexed as there appeared to be no hope of escape from Haman’s evil machination. In the midst of this critical situation, they took a significant decision which brought about a dramatic turn of the events. Having recognized that there was no way they could stop the execution of the evil plan determined against them without God’s divine intervention, they earnestly sought the face of God for mercy through repentance, fasting and praying. After about three days and three nights of waiting on the Lord, the whole event took a different dimension as the Almighty God stepped into the affairs and demonstrated His awesome power and sovereignty!
When God steps into the affairs of a man, the situation is bound to change! One of the significant things that happen when God shows up for a man is that the irreversible are reversed. When God intervened in the situation of the Jews, the death sentence that had been signed and sealed against them was reversed. God demonstrated His sovereignty by changing that which was originally determined, and turned the tables against the enemies; fresh injunctions were written and signed by King Ahasuerus to reverse the initial sentence of death against the Jews. It does not matter what the kings or rulers of the earth have determined against your life, the King of kings can reverse it; it does not matter the judgment of the earthly courts against you, the supreme court of heaven can overrule their decisions!
Another thing that follows divine intervention is restoration. When heaven steps into the situation of a man, he can never remain in the same position, there’s bound to be restoration and increase. When God showed up for the Jews, they were not only delivered from destruction, God also transferred the wealth of their enemies unto them. Following divine intervention, Haman’s riches and position were transferred to Mordecai and the Jews spoiled all their enemies who had hitherto harassed and humiliated them.
Sometimes, we find ourselves in some critical situations and there seems to be no way of escape; at such critical moments of our lives, when men help amounts to nothing and all our physical efforts become fruitless, what we need is divine intervention. The scripture says ‘I will lift up my eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help, my help cometh from the Lord, the LORD which made the heaven and earth’. There’s no way God can show up or intervene in your affairs if you have not fully recognized His awesome power to deliver and to save. So many people are becoming preys in the hands of the enemies just because they fail to recognize that help comes only from above; if the Almighty God does not come to your aid, there’s no way you can make it!
For those who desire divine intervention, it is important to emphasize that you must look in the right direction – ABOVE! According to the scriptures, ‘God is present help in the day of trouble’, but God will certainly not take side with His enemy – an unrepentant sinner who enjoys and lives in sin, it is impossible! So, the surest way to provoke divine intervention is to make God your ally by forsaking all sins and embracing righteousness. It is righteousness that makes God your partner; of course, the winning side is the side where God is! When God becomes your ally, you will be too strong to be defeated; too connected to be stranded and too significant to be ignored! Stop struggling and confronting the challenges of life on your own, cry to the Sovereign God for His intervention, He will show up for you. Amen.
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Most inspiring and encouraging! Praise the Lord our God our ever present help. Blessings.