Erring in Arrogance


Based on Esther 6

Esther 6“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”
Isaiah 13:11

God said that he would lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. Was Haman terrible? If someone was trying to kill the entire Adventist population–the entirety of my worldwide church family–I would certainly think they were terrible. Was Haman haughty, or arrogant? Take a look at what we are told in Esther 6.

“So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?”

Haman was full of himself! “To whom would the king delight to honor more than myself?” he said. What happened next is what I would consider to be one of the harshest punishments recorded, aside from death. The honor was given to his archenemy, Mordecai,  and that’s not all—the ceremony was to be conducted by Haman. Ouch! The Biblical account tells us that Haman returned to his house mourning, with his head covered. He was “brought low.” His arrogant spirit was silenced.

Now we may think, “Haha, he got what was coming to him!” But do only totally evil people do these things? What about you and me? If we try, I am sure most of us could come up with a time when we though a bit too much of ourselves, and we probably paid for it too.

We should be focused on Christ. By doing this we can avoid the pitfalls of pride and arrogance. By focusing on Him we can grow closer to Him, and in the end have an end more like Mordecai. We can end in glory. Let’s take that path!

Ethan Smith,

In Waiting for Heaven

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