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Why didn’t Esther tell the king the first time what was on her mind?


Esther replied, “My petition and my request is this: If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king’s question.” Esther 5:7-8
            Esther had an opportunity when the king extended his scepter to tell him right then about how upset she was over Haman’s edict to kill the Jews.  But she didn’t.  Esther set up a banquet with the king and Haman.  Then after that banquet she set up another banquet.  So why didn’t she confront Haman in front of Xerxes at the first banquet or earlier?
            Esther had faith and a sense of timing.  She didn’t rush her request.  What happened in the process was Xerxes read the royal records and heard about Mordecai’s act of saving the king, then set up a way to honor Mordecai by having Haman walk him through the city praising his mortal enemy.  Haman flew into a rage and at the second banquet, assaulted the queen causing Xerxes to punish him.
            Would that have all happened when Esther first had the king’s ear?  Probably not, but through faith and patience everything worked out much better.  We too need to know when to tap the brakes and when to hit the accelerator.  Listening to God’s timing always works out better but not always when we want it to.