Revelation 14; Esther 5:1-6:13; Psalm 106:24-48
Haman thought he had the world in his hand. The king granted him great privileges and the queen was throwing a banquet where the exclusive guest list included him and the king. No others were invited. As he skipped home joyfully, though, his mood was darkened; Mordecai still sat at the king’s gate. He didn’t bow when Haman came by. He didn’t tremble in fear. This one man who didn’t know his place caused Haman untold grief and anguish. In talking with his wife and his friends, they came up with a plan. A huge gallows would be made and he would arrange with the king to have Mordecai hung as an appetizer for the banquet the next day. Haman liked the idea and the gallows were built. That night, the king was sleepless. Perhaps God kept him awake so that he would have someone read him his favorite bedtime story: the chronicles of his rule. During the story time, he realized that no one had done anything to honor Mordecai who had revealed the plot against the king and saved his life. As Ahasuerus thought about it, he wanted to honor Mordecai. The only person waiting in the king’s court was Haman who was preparing to ask for Mordecai’s head. So the king asked Haman’s advice: how should he honor someone who had earned the king’s delight. Haman thought the king was talking about him, so he planned a great ceremony. Then, the plot twisted. “Then the king said to Haman, ‘Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken.’” (Esther 6:10) Haman was forced to honor Mordecai instead of arranging for his hanging. Mordecai got the honor he thought he deserved. He went home in shame almost forgetting the banquet. Haman had an ego problem. He thought the world, and the king revolved around him. Whenever the king thought good things, he was sure it was because of his greatness. He was shocked to discover that the king considered anyone other than him. We get like that sometimes. We think that God is lucky to have us serving Him and begin to think that things revolve around us. Prizes and awards at work should go to us. People around us should recognize our greatness and react appropriately. Then, God finds a way to humble us and remind us that it’s all about Him, not about us. We can be outraged when we are humbled, as Haman was, or we can refocus our lives back on God and His purpose. When God humbles us, though, He does it deliberately to draw us back into a proper relationship with Him. In truth, it is far better to be humbled by God than to be exalted by men.
Lord, there are times when I am shocked that it’s not all about me. I expect the world to revolve around me can’t understand why others don’t recognize my greatness. Thank You that You still consider me worth salvaging in those times and that You bring me back to earth, and then restore my relationship with You. Keep me focused on You every day.