Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials. “And that’s not all,” Haman added. “I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to accompany the king to the banquet she gave. And she has invited me along with the king tomorrow. But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.” Esther 4:11-13
Never make light of the king, even in your thoughts. And don’t make fun of the powerful, even in your own bedroom. For a little bird might deliver your message and tell them what you said. Ecclesiastes 10:20
“Be careful little mouth, what you say. Be careful little mouth, what you say. For the Father up above is looking down with love, so be careful little mouth, what you say.” Remember that song from childhood?
The song reminded us as children that God sees all that we do. The Bible reminds us as adults that God hates the proud, and that He has a book, a big one, where he instructs his angels to make notations. The notes they make concern us: Our words, our actions, and when God feels it appropriate to share with angels, our intentions. That God keeps such a “journal” can be kinda spooky, and unpleasant if you 1. Believe in God and the mighty power He possesses. 2. Live a prideful life that is not surrendered to Him, and 3. Don’t appreciate others bringing up your speckled past.
Be careful little mouth, what you say!
As we go to prayer this morning, let’s keep wicked Haman in mind. Why Haman? Because Haman teaches us a lesson about being careful with our words, thoughts, and deeds. Haman teaches us to pay attention to what we say about others, and ourselves. Haman hangs in the end for his treachery!
We remember Haman as we go to prayer today, because we want with every part of our being to be people UN-like him. Instead, we seek to be a blessing to our Father up above, and to be careful-about what we think, what we say, and most of all what we take pleasure in.
Don’t be a Haman today; be a blessing!
What is your favorite Bible story? Why do you love it so much?