“Then Esther spoke again to the king. She fell at his feet and wept and pleaded with him to avert the evil plan of Haman the Agagite and the plot that he had devised against the Jews. When the king held out the golden scepter to Esther, Esther rose and stood before the king…” Esther 8: 3-5 (ESV)
Just prior to this incident, Haman—enemy of the Jews—was executed upon gallows he had built for Esther’s kinfolk, Mordecai. By this one decisive final act of vanquishing the adversary it was hoped a long season of peace and serenity would follow. Sadly, that’s not the case. Still lingering like a troubling cancer was the earlier orchestrated edict created by the hand of Haman to annihilate Esther’s race. He was gone—his misdeeds lingered on. And though a significant battle was won, a war was still progressing.
You see, not all victories are as instantaneous and thorough as we like. The defeat of Haman was only the start of ending the terrible nightmare pressed upon the Jewish people. The work-in-progress was defeating the devilish plan of annihilating the Hebrews—a strategy set in motion and unchangeably legislated before Haman went to meet his Maker face-to-face.
Many times issues have deeper roots than first imagined. We don’t always see it as we’re caught-up with the joy of being released from a major problem. The ancillary issues take awhile to manifest. The answer: a cursory remedy always needs an absolute commitment to find complete victory.
My wife’s computer contracted a nasty virus. She installed some program awhile back that self-started every time she turned on the machine. The results were annoying. She’d go online to visit websites and popup advertisements would open indiscriminately one right after the other. It was annoying and aggravating. She defeated that problem by installing a popup blocker. It resolved the immediate crisis and she was as happy as a pig in the mud.
However, over time she noticed her computer was running slower than ever. She’d won the battle but not the war. She finally contacted someone who knew what they were doing with computers and together they discovered a nasty little program running in the background of the computer’s operating system—effectively eating CPU processing power. They uninstalled the repugnant program and the war was won, victory complete!
Esther must come before the king to plead her case. She must again brave the bowing of the golden scepter to intercede her case for her people. The point being, not all problems have an immediate fix. Courage must continue in the face of adversity in order to press through to victory. Faith must increase to realize deliverance. The victorious must continue to press to completion to gain the complete victories of life.
J. Robert Hanson