During that night the king could not sleep so he gave an order to bring the book of records, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. It was found written what Mordecai had reported concerning Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs who were doorkeepers, that they had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. The king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” Then the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” So the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace in order to speak to the king about hanging Mordecai on the gallows which he had prepared for him. [Esther 6:1-4]
The evil man, Haman, plotted to destroy the Jews and was about to seek permission from the king to kill Mordecai. He even had the execution tool ready. Interestingly, for some unknown reason, on the night before Haman sought an audience with the king for his plot, the king could not sleep. Instead of listening to music, or drink some wine, or count the sheep, he chose to read the book of records. Of all the records in the book, the one concerning Mordecai caught his attention, and the king wanted to reward Mordecai. The later part of the chapter shows that Haman was unable to bring up the subject on killing Mordecai because the king wanted to reward Mordecai. All these happened just before Haman sought permission to kill Mordecai.
Though the LORD was not mentioned, I seriously doubt He was not involved. Surely it was the LORD who caused the king to lose sleep and wanted to read the book of records. Surely the LORD had placed something in the king’s heart that prompted him to reward Mordecai for his deed. The king could have easily brushed it aside, but no, he wanted to reward Mordecai. And unknown to him, he saved Mordecai in the process. Regarding this, Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary “Satan put it into the heart of Haman to contrive Mordecai’s death … God put it into the heart of the king to contrive Mordecai’s honour“.
Today the hand of the LORD is still at work, and we can trust Him to protect us, just as He protected Mordecai.