Haman’s Pride

Haman’s Pride by Kirk Hunt

So Haman came in, and the king asked him, “What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?”

Now Haman thought in his heart, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?”

Esther 6:6 NKJV
Read the full account at Esther 6:1-11

Haman’s pride-filled heart could conceive of only one man that King Ahasuerus would honor: Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite. Given the question, Haman arrogantly assumed he was naming his own accolades and elevation. Instead, he benefited Mordecai, the man he planned to murder.

Pride narrowed Haman’s worldview to a mirror focused on himself. Scripture tells us that such pride is a path to destruction. Haman’s arrogance and pride had already led him into a conspiracy to murder the Jewish people. After giving honor to Mordecai for saving the king’s life, Haman went home in grief and distress.

Do not confuse pride with self-esteem. Valuing yourself as one of God’s sons and daughters is healthy and wholesome. Valuing yourself as the very center of all considerations and concerns is broken and sick. And such self-lust will lead you into error and wrongdoing.

Pride is an idol that blocks your view and reverence of God. God will not abide your self-worship in the mirror. Beware of Haman-like pride in your own life.

Think: Has my pride led me to worship of myself?

Pray: “Father-God, help me avoid self-pride that blocks my worship of You.

Copyright © December 2022, Kirk Hunt

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