Victory Completed

Esther 9
 
All of us deal with tragedy at some point in our lives. It is how we deal with tragedy that determines whether it will destroy us or whether we will gain the victory over it. Someone has said that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I’m not sure if that’s true or not. But I do know that if you are not dead, then you can get the victory over whatever is attempting to destroy you rather than living a tragic life of defeat. The Jews went from being a hunted people to being the favored people because of Esther and Mordecai. Those who had been mistreated and powerless to do anything about it now held all the power. The king, queen, Mordecai and all the government officials were on their side.
 
Even with all that was going against the enemies of the Jews, there were some that were so hateful and destructive that they still attacked. And when they did, they were defeated. A total of 800 men in Susa and 75,000 died in the rest of the kingdom.
 
The law gave them the right to kill women and children and to take the plunder for themselves. But they chose not to exercise either right. Instead they exercised mercy and self-control and deliberately restrained themselves from going farther than they needed to go. Just because you have the right to do something does not mean that you should do it or that it is the right thing to do. 
 
When all the killing of their enemies was over, the Jews celebrated with a day of feasting. Mordecai prescribed a certain way for them to celebrate. 
They were to give gifts of food to one another making sure that they did not forget to include the poor in their gift giving. They were to make sure that what God rescued from evil men like Haman was not to be lost to starvation. In their joy, they were to pay attention to those who were hurting all around them and help them share in the joy. That should be a message to us.
When you are enjoying life, and having a good time, spread the joy around. Recognize that even when you have cause to rejoice, there are still hurting people near you. Try to find a way to increase their joy.
 
So, what do we learn?
 
Victory needs to be anticipated.
Victory needs to be regulated.
Victory needs to be communicated.
Victory needs to be celebrated.
Victory needs to be commemorated.
 

Make sure that you don’t give the glory to chance or fate. Give the glory to God. Your goal in passing the story along is not to get them to idolize you but to get them to put their trust in God.

 

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