Esther 2:1 “Later when the anger of King Xerxes had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what he had decreed about her.”
This verse is a little misleading, in that word, later. As we read that, we might think that later that day, or week, or month Xerxes remembered his queen. But history tells us that shortly after Vashti was banished, Xerxes went to war. And guess what?
He lost. He failed to conquer Greece. While he had more man-power than the Greeks, the Greek soldiers were actually better trained than the Persians. So, Xerxes had to go home and lick his wounds, knowing that he failed to accomplish his mission.
He got home, and Vashti wasn’t there to console him. Sure, he had a whole harem full of women. But Vashti had been his favorite, which is why she was queen. He wanted the comfort that only his queen could offer. But he had issued a decree which could never be reversed. Vashti could never again come into his presence.
So here he was, poor little rich man, moping around the palace. He had lost his wife. He had lost the war. And he was miserable.
He began to realize what he had done. He had second thoughts, but it was too late. No matter the amount of regret he felt, he had made his bed. Now, he had to lie in it.
Has that ever happened to you? I must admit, I have made decisions in haste before. I have acted foolishly, and let the emotions of the moment dictate my behavior. But just as Xerxes couldn’t take back his decree, we can never rewind the clock. Once something is done, it is done, and we can never undo it.
That is why it is so important to seek wisdom in all things. That is why it is so important to take our time, pray, seek godly counsel, and really consider the consequences of our actions – before we do them!
Proverbs 20:25 “It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.”
Dear Father, Please help me to seek wisdom in all my actions.