I am learning that there is no such thing as failure with the Lord. God is so imaginative and all-powerful that even what we see as defeat can be merely a set up for a future victory. God does not view events through the limits of time; rather, He views the complete fulfillment of His plan in our lives as they appear in eternity. Jesus has the ultimate victory, so we are victorious in Christ—no matter our falls along the way.
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15.57 NIV).
Esther is a prime example of this. She has two dinner parties with the king and her enemy, Haman, who is dead-set on destroying her people, the Jews. Esther invites both the king and her enemy to dine together with her. What an awesome example for us today! When we are being attacked by an enemy, we should always invite the King of the Universe to come to the table.
“If it pleases the king,” replied Esther, “let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him” (Esther 5.4 NIV).
The King is ALWAYS ready to sit with us!
“Bring Haman at once,” the king said, “so that we may do what Esther asks” (Esther 5.5 NIV).
Esther organizes the first dinner party, but nothing happens. Was she scared? Did she chicken out? She didn’t ask for the king’s help to save her people, and that night she may have felt like a failure. Thankfully, though, she organizes a second dinner party for the following evening. Yes! Another chance. And this time she will be ready!
What Esther may have not known was that God was about to intervene! The night before the second dinner party, God wouldn’t allow the king to sleep. The king asks his advisors to read over the previous weeks’ chronicles, and he is reminded that Mardecai, Esther’s uncle, had saved his life. The king owes Mordecai a favor! This would be just the thing Esther needs to muster up the courage to confront her enemy before the king.
At the second dinner party, Esther finally finds the strength to face her enemy. In Esther chapter 7 verses 5 and 6, Esther fights for her people!
The king asked Esther, “Who is he? Where is he—the man who has dared to do such a thing?”
And Esther points her finger and shouts, “An adversary and enemy! This vile Haman!”
And the rest of the story is biblical history. The king begins to fight for Esther and her people. The ultimate victory was always Esther’s as long as she kept seeking the king! God sees beyond time, and He already knew the outcome. God’s people are redeemed!
Many times, our steps of obedience lead to what feels like a dead-end or failure. And our own expectations break our hearts and cause bitterness in our soul. But we must never forget there is NO FAILURE in Jesus Christ. Everything is used for His purposes for those who continue to seek Him! Those very same steps that led to a dead-end can lead to a breakthrough the second time around!
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8.28 NIV).
Questions: Have your steps of obedience led to failure? Did you stay faithful despite your expectations being crushed? Has God given you a second chance that led to victory?