On Sunday. Haman…The hunter Became the hunted.

Esther 7:7-10

And the king, arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king…….

Verse 10:..So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath abated.

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 Heroes act while other people stand and watch. Somebody becomes a hero when they take quick action at the ‘right time’ while others stand and watch in horror. A true hero recognizes the crisis and rises to meet it. This is the kind of courage that made Esther a great personality in this scripture.

As a queen, Esther risked her life to save the jews. She used her powerful position to her great advantage for salvation of the jews. God had coincidentally designed that a slave should become a queen with a purpose. Sometimes God designs our lives in a manner that brings salvation just as with Esther’s case.

Mordecai was a cousin to Esther. They were jews. Despite the notion that God loved the jews…and that he was with them from the beginning, the situation in this case demanded that they be wiped out all of them. Indeed they looked helpless. Seemingly, they had nobody to rescue them. The Jews seemed successful but were a minority race in the Persian empire. The natives were jealous of their successes and separatism. So a vengeful Prime minister, Haman, made up his mind to destroy them.

Haman’s plot to destroy the jews was a perfect one according to him. Being the chief of protocol, and holding a powerful position in the office of the Prime minister meant he could easily influence the king to act in his favor. He issued an edict of government sponsored genocide. Ultimately, this was not the case.

 The plot to kill jews turned dramatic when Esther found favor in the eyes of the king throughout the events. Mordecai uncovered a conspiracy earlier on and his good effort had long been forgotten but God’s time came when his honor was due. When the king saw Esther unhappy, he resolved to yield to her demands to eliminate her unhappiness. In this case the king discovered that Haman was behind all Esther’s trouble. He comfortably ordered an execution of Haman.

The story about Haman, Mordecai and Esther is a great lesson for us as Christian believers today. There are various lessons that we can draw from that story. The lessons include the following;

  • Don’t plan evil for people. God turns the same evil towards you.
  • You may want to kill somebody in life but you end up being killed instead. Haman wanted to kill Jews. He ended up dying instead.
  • Position and status is nothing. It’s not as powerful as the status of God and is useless if God is not in it.
  • The hunter can become the hunted. What you do to somebody, or you wish that be done to somebody can be done to you.
  • Never despise anyone in life. Haman despised Mordecai. Instead, he ended up taking Mordecai round the city on a horse, in the best robes.
  • In desperate situations, always seek God. Fast and pray the way Jews did. They got a breakthrough. God is the best solution to problems.

It’s not surprising that there are people in this world who behave like Haman. They take their time planning how to destroy the lives of others. They use their power to the detriment of the helpless people. They are in power and so misuse that power. The case of Haman, Mordecai and Esther teaches us that as long as God exists, no evil shall fall upon you even if someone plots to kill you. God assigns angels to take control of everything.

Just like in Psalms 91, no evil, whether night or noon day shall fall near you. All the weapons fashioned against you shall not prosper (Isaiah 54:17). The Lord will always create a way out so that you remain safe.

When disaster strikes, as with the case of the jews in the book of Esther, always align yourself with God. Fast and pray. The Jews did exactly that and they got a breakthrough. If you do that, God will be on your side. If God is for you, who can stand against you?

Haman was the hunter. Mordecai was the hunted. In the end, Mordecai was the hunter. Haman became the hunted. Not only that. Haman died.

Chinua…..

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Be of good courage…

If you ask most people who stand before large crowds and speak eloquently or control the audience fully, they will tell you that a sense of fear usually beckons at them repeatedly before they assume the stage. At some point they usually feel a nerve shrivel or a heart beat quickened a little.

But what you are sure to learn from them is that they usually resolve that fear doesn’t stop them from going forward. They have masterly nature of taking courage and holding onto it, allowing it to dominate the beckoning fear.

They choose to forget about fear. They smile, breathe in, relax and tell themselves that nobody is going to harm them just because they are standing in front of people. They become loyal to courage and rebels to fear. They know that this usually works well for them from experience.

If you are a type of person whom fear overtakes every time you want to do something, then please know that you have a duty to start reminding yourself that you need to be courageous from today. It requires that you make a resolution and stick to it.

Courage can make you get what belongs to you in life. Fear makes you to lose it, and so you can live your life miserably.

Without courage, you can’t swim, even in shallow waters. In other words, when you are full of fear, you perceive any waters as deep and so will never attempt to swim.

When you fear, you are likely to compromise on your standards in life. For example, at a work place, you can forge a document or bribe to keep your job because you fear being sacked. Worse still, you can bribe to get a job after interview because you fear being left out.

People without courage use dubious means to live life. They have no power to stand their ground and make things straight. They therefore end up sinning. To sin in silence when you should have come out in open makes you a coward.

People with courage may not have been born with it….and at some point they may have been the most of cowards in history. But they may have changed their story when they decided to take on the armour of courage.

If your mind decides that nothing is going to stop it from moving forward, then truly speaking, the body will have to obey command….whatever state the body will be in. Nothing can be a hindrance to a mindset. An already formed mind is like a hard stone that can’t be broken by a human fist. A decided mind is never a divided mind.

The power to be courageous is in your hands. You only need to decide.

Don’t live in fear. Don’t live in resentment. Don’t be frustrated unfairly, in silence. Don’t let fear rule your life. If you do that, you will never become who you were meant to be. When you look yourself in a mirror, you will hate yourself because the person you will be seeing in the mirror is not the real you.

Courage and fear are two different terms. You can only be defined by one. 

Thank you. 

Chinua…….

Keep calm, All is well.

#The art and tact of  problems#

When everything goes awry, as sometimes will,

Don’t become numb and dumb.

When you are shaken, don’t mind how you feel,

Develop faith, guard your heart, and don’t jump,

Into a decision, ill fated. Remember you can’t kill,

Your enemy lodging in your camp,

By hastening. Keep calm, all will be well.

The divine power, the unseen power,

Bails us, from the nails and the wiles, 

That problems and situations bring over.

When in darkness, and can’t see, all fails.

But remember, light takes over,

And suddenly darkness flees.

Keep calm. All is well. It’s over.
Chinua……