“Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief.”
The Apostle Paul reminds us that it is wise not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to.
Haman overrated his importance by saying, “Whom would the king rather honor than me?
And several of us practice such folly by saying, “My body is mine; I can do with it…intellectually, sexually, matrimonially, gastronomically…as I please. I am ruler over my body.”
What truly matters, though, is not what we think we deserve, or what we think of ourselves, but what the King thinks of us. If we concern ourselves with the righteousness of the King, says Jesus, all the other good things we need will be given to us as well (Matthew 6:33).
As it turned out, because the King thought highly of Mordecai, he ordered Haman to honor Mordecai in the exact way Haman had expected to be honored.
Dear God, the more you bless me…the more I tend to feel like I’m special. Teach me to act wisely, not thinking too highly of myself, and acknowledging that all my gifts and talents come from You. Amen