Today’s reading: Esther 6:1-13; Proverbs 29:23; Philippians 2:3

As we come to Esther 6, Haman’s prideful thinking and actions remain strong. So much so that when the king asks Haman for advice about what should be done for someone whom the king wants to honor, Haman, without any deliberate thought or contemplation, surrenders to prideful thinking.

“And Haman said to himself, ‘Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?'” (vs. 6).

With his next breath, Haman spurts out the recommendation of an elaborate and showy public display that he believes is for his elevation and honoring. As we find out a few verses later, Haman completely misses the mark here. What a picture of how pride can weaken and impair our ability to think logically and respond rationally.

How might focusing on one of the verses below (or another of your choosing) help shift your focus from yourself to someone else? How will you combat prideful thoughts when they arise going forward? Tami

“One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.” (Prov. 29:23).

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” (Phil. 2:3).

Source: Tami’s Blog