January 26, 2018

Esther 3:5 (NLT) — 5 When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or show him respect, he was filled with rage.

So Haman has favor with the king. He has unlimited resources at his disposal. All people bow and show him respect when he comes by. But one guy doesn’t show him respect and so because he can’t have his way with this one guy he flies into a rage and a whole nation of people will suffer for it. Why didn’t Haman count his blessings and be satisfied with what he had?

Does this story remind you of another story in the bible? Eve had all the trees in the Garden of Eden to eat from, that’s right, except for one. So selfishly she eats of that tree and now a whole world of people will suffer for it. Why didn’t Eve count her blessings and be satisfied with what she had?

Now let’s bring this home. Have you ever had a bad day at work? And when you come home the mother of the house puts everyone on alert, “Don’t bother dad until he has had time to cool down.” So why did everyone else have to alter their behavior and tiptoe around you because you didn’t count all of your other blessings and let them influence your attitude?

Do you see what I am getting at here? How many times have you let not getting your own way, or things not going the way you wanted them to affect your attitude and all of those around you suffered? You couldn’t find your cell phone, the clerk charged you too much, the daughter didn’t fill the car with gas after she had used it and now you were going to be late for your appointment because you had to stop at the gas station, your team lost an important play off game, the stock market dropped 500 points, they raised your insurance premiums, your food was cold by the time they served it to you at the restaurant, the neighbor’s dog keeps pooping on your yard, no one ever acknowledges all the good things you do, etc.

Don’t be a Haman or an Eve. Count your blessings and let people breathe easy around you. People will respect your Christianity much more and your blood pressure won’t kill you:)

1 Thessalonians 5:16–19 (NLT) — 16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. It’s so easy to be irked when someone else makes a mistake and now seems responsible for your condition? It’s ugly. That one little mistake takes center stage in your mind and from there everything else is shadowed…every blessing, pleasure, and promise from God can be momentarily forgotten. Everything from a warm cup of tea to your salvation! Pretty sad. Today I am choosing 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 and then I can breathe easy as well:) Thanks Pastor Dan.