November 28, 2018: Be Ware of The Wiles of our Enemy.
Esther 3:15 (NIV)
15 Spurred on by the king’s command, the couriers went out, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa. The king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was bewildered.
Haman had just bartered for the right to exterminate the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jews. He offered the king over 170 million dollars to kill all the Jews in Persia. They had just reached an agreement that the King would give Haman the authority to exterminate the Jewish people. How did they finalize this agreement to exterminate God’s chosen people? They sit down and have a drink.
Why does the scripture include this verse in the inspired text? The Scripture seeks to warn us of the wiles of our chief enemy. When we are about to enter into an act of rebellion against God, the enemy will always offer us a nice comforting drink or some other chemical to soothe our guilt-ridden conscience.
Be wary of whether an act is right or by how you feel after you have decided to rebel against God. The enemy does his best work when you are in the midst of rebelling against God. He will deceive you with good feelings, soothing drinks, accolades of the world to seal the deal and sear your conscience.
Notice that the city of Susa was bewildered when they heard of Haman and the King’s agreement. They could see the evil of such actions and because their minds were uncluttered by any pleasure-producing chemicals they knew something was wrong.
Do not let your emotions decide what is right or wrong, let the Word of God be your guide and then look for the peace that passes understanding to be your guard. The world does not give this peace. It is not attained by some chemically induced high or some smooth tasting drink, it can only be reached by setting your heart and mind on what is most glorifying to God.
The peace offered in a drink or chemical or worldly pleasure will only be fleeting pleasure at best. Choose to pursue the lasting peace that goes beyond this world.