“A slight affront, which a humble man would scarcely notice, will torment a proud man.” –Matthew Henry
In the book of Esther, Haman was elated, as he left the palace, having just dined with the king and queen. Not only was the dinner exclusively private, but he was invited to dine the next night, in the same privileged setting. You can imagine Haman’s anticipation to tell his family how highly the king must regard him.
Until he passed Mordecai who neither stood nor made any effort to acknowledge Haman. Infuriation burned within Haman, and while he went home and told his family about his evening at the palace, he stated, “Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.” Mordecai shadowed his joy.
Matthew Henry once said, “A slight affront, which a humble man would scarcely notice, will torment a proud man.” How often has our heart propelled towards disgust at the mere mention of another’s name? Are there names that cause us to forget the blessings we’ve just experienced?
I submit that if the thought or mention of someone’s name compels us to embrace the spirit of malice found in Haman, then it’s not another who has caused our day to be soured – but the pride of our hearts. When glory is what delights us, another’s lack to acknowledge our self-importance will be what depresses us.
Daily Reading: Ephesians 1-3
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