Esther 1:13 – 14 “Since it was customary for the king to consult experts in matters of law and justice, he spoke with the wise men who understood the times and were closest to the king – Carshena, Shetar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena and Memucan, the seven nobles of Persia and Media who had special access to the king and were highest in the kingdom.”
Queen Vashti had put her husband in a difficult position, and he wasn’t quite sure what to do about it. As the king of Persia, his word was law, and his command could never be reversed – not even by himself. (This is important information for later in the story, so tuck it away.) Besides that, he was accustomed to getting his way.
Apparently, no one had ever disobeyed Xerxes’ order before. Or perhaps as queen, Vashti had the right to refuse her husband’s drunken request. But for whatever reason, Xerxes had to scramble to find a suitable punishment for his wife. He needed to save face, and he wanted to make sure that nothing like this ever happened again.
He could have entered into a drunken rage, and punished her without thought. But even in his drunken state, he had enough sense to know that important decisions should not be made without seeking wise counsel. So he gathered his wise guys together, and they had a pow-wow about what to do with Vashti.
Now, I’m not sure exactly how wise any of them were at that moment. My impression is that they were all drunk. Still, I must commend Xerxes for not acting on impulse. He wanted to make a wise decision, so he sought wise counsel.
Quite often in our daily lives, we must make important decisions. Many times, these decisions affect not only ourselves, but our families and friends. If we want to make wise choices, we must always seek wise counsel.
That’s why it is so important to surround ourselves with godly people, who walk daily with the Lord. Quite often, their wisdom and insight will keep us from doing something rash, or from foolishly messing up our lives and the lives of others. Of course, the most important way we can seek wisdom is through prayer, and studying God’s Word. But often, God will use His faithful servants to direct us in the right path.
Proverbs 15:22 “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
Dear Father, Thank You for the wise, godly people in my life. Please help me to seek their counsel and Yours, before making important decisions.