God doesn’t always work in the way we expect. Because of Esther’s royal position and favor with the king, she is able to make a bold request to spare her people. As we read in chapter 8, granting that request is not as simple as overturning the previous decree.
8 But you may write as you please with regard to the Jews, in the name of the king, and seal it with the king’s ring, for an edict written in the name of the king and sealed with the king’s ring cannot be revoked.”Esther 8:8, ESV
Reading through the events leading up to this moment, my assumption was that Esther would convince the king to spare the Jews and that he would just put out a decree to leave the Jews alone. However, we see that the earlier decree from chapter 3 cannot be revoked, so the Jews are given the power to fight back instead.
Have you ever prayed for God to remove an obstacle from your life? Did it disappear? Often we find ourselves looking to be spared from confrontation, but God gives us the power to overcome instead.