He was the most powerful man on the face of the earth at the time – and he had a problem he needed to address. His wife (Vashti) had refused a direct command, and he was ticked off (Esther 1:12)! One might think that Xerxes (the king of Persia, which extended from Africa to India) would simply make a decision, issue an edict, and move on. After all, it’s so easy to make a rash decision while angry. But that wasn’t the way Xerxes operated. Instead, we read:
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… (Esther 1:13)
Friends, if the most powerful man alive recognized his need for advisors, shouldn’t we as well? Not only does talking things through with others allow us to “cool our jets” when angry, it provides us with much needed perspective. Xerxes had seven trusted men “who had special access to the king,” with whom he consulted (v.14).
To whom have you granted special access to your life? Who has your permission to ask you the difficult questions about what you’re doing and why? With whom do you consult about the major decisions in life?
The King of Persia needed his trusted band of advisors, so do you! –Dave
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