Esther 6:1 (ESV)

1 On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king.

The book of Esther is a book about God’s providence. It describes many events that seem insignificant at first, but that bear the stamp of God’s sovereign care for his people. Although God is never mentioned by name, the reader is invited to admire his sovereignty and faithfulness.

Such an insignificant event was the sleeplessness of the king that night. Sleepless nights would by no means be unusual for a man who carried on his shoulders the responsibility of leading a world empire. However, that night had a special place in God’s plan. He would use it to save his people, including Mordecai, from destruction.

In the dead of the night, a servant was ordered to bring the book of memorable deeds and read it aloud.