So much of life seems so very unfair. Why do those who do what is right often seem to suffer so much, or fail to be justly rewarded for what they have done? And, why do those who do wrong so often seem to prosper? These questions have plagued mankind throughout all of human history. Thankfully, Scripture deals with that question head on. The book of Esther, in particular, teaches us that God superintends history in such a way that He is working out His plan in the lives of His people and exercising His sovereignty over the wicked. In the end, God’s mysterious purposes will stand and He will ultimately mete out justice.
C.S. Lewis once noted that ultimately God will “work backwards and turn… agony into a glory.” We see this principle typified in God’s dealings with Mordecai. By way of contrast, we see God turning against Haman—the one who sought to destroy the people of God and, by way of implication, the promise of redemption in the coming Christ.
Throughout the better part of this grand narrative, Mordecai seems to have been forgotten and Haman seems to be prospering. But as we come to the end of the story, we see Mordecai, who had acted with uprightness in all his dealings, rewarded for his faithfulness and Haman overthrown for his wickedness.
When he is finally remembered for uncovering a plot against the king, Mordecai is honored—ironically—by the very one who sought to destroy him and his people. The king made Haman clothe Mordecai with the royal robes and parade him through the city on one of the his own horses. This was the ultimate vindication from God. As Proverbs 26 teaches, “The one who digs a pit will fall into it” (v.27). No greater display of God’s superintendence in the lives of His people could have been shown.
This is, of course, a picture in redemptive history, a foretaste of the victory that God gives Jesus over Satan. Though the evil one thought that he had destroyed the Son of God on the cross, it was actually the means of ultimate victory and redemption. In the resurrection, God the Father proudly presents His Son before the watching world to see His ultimate purposes of grace and triumph.
All those who are trusting in Christ will also know ultimate vindication and triumph. No matter what we endure in this life, Scripture makes clear that there is a day in which every wrong will be made right, and everyone who has schemed against the Lord and His people will be destroyed. That is the ultimate confidence we have as we make our way through this seemingly unjust world of sin and death. There is an overthrow of all wickedness through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Written by Nick Batzig