07.08.2020 Devotional

07.08.2020 Devotional

Haman came in, and the king said to him, "What shall be done for the man whom the king wishes to honor?" Haman said to himself, "Whom would the king wish to honor more than me?" - Esther 6:6

When two people conspired to assassinate King Ahasuerus, Mordecai, a mid-level government official, and a faithful Jewish exile, discovers and reveals the plot. The king's life is saved, and Mordecai revered. But Haman, a jealous official, doesn't like the competition. Mordecai won't even bow down to him because a faithful Jew will only bow down to God. Filled with anger and jealousy, Haman makes plans to kill not just Mordecai, but all the Jewish people in the kingdom.

The king didn't know this was happening, he places his trust in Haman and is unaware of Haman’s hatred of Mordecai.

The king is thankful to Mordechai for exposing the plot to kill him. He dreams one night that he should do something to honor Mordecai. And so he asks Haman a question: What should I do to honor someone special?

Haman, full of self-importance, has a few ideas. After all, who is more deserving than him? He tells the king to dress the man in royal robes, parade him through town on the king’s own horse, and publicly proclaim his glory. You can almost sense that Haman is just waiting to jump into the saddle because he believes that he has to be the man that the king wants to honor.

So of course, when Mordecai is honored instead of him, Haman is livid. He spins further and further into his anger and jealousy, and in the end is responsible for his own destruction. Meanwhile, Mordecai is exalted, and his people saved.

Entitlement is not a new phenomenon. It's been around since the start of time. We believe we are entitled to special treatment we don't deserve, and then become jealous when others (who do deserve it) receive it. When that happens, when we lose some of the privilege we have always assumed we'd have to protect us, it is disorienting. When our sense of privilege is taken away, we are exposed to a rude awakening.

As followers of Christ, we need to be aware that privilege does exist, and we all need to examine our own privilege, and our own sense of entitlement. If someone getting the fair shake for once makes us mad, they are not the problem. We are. And if we don't want to do the work of sorting ourselves out for the sake of justice, then perhaps we can at least start it for the sake of not destroying ourselves and then go from there.

Prayer
Dear God, I am entitled to nothing. And yet, you give me grace. Help me to rejoice in your grace, no matter who it falls upon. Amen.

Blessings, Pastor Denise

 

Happy Birthday to:

1-Virginia Berney

5-Pastor Denise Roberts

8-Sandra Dlugosz

9-Daryl Mills

10-Dottie Simonsen

11-John Shiveley

17-Connie Reed

24-Mary Jean Grimes

25-Terri Tyler

29- Sally Bush

31-Duane Ullmann

Happy Anniversary to:

9 - Chris & Jessica Byers

22-Dennis & Jeanie Taylor

Member Update:

Lois Brighten - Hopeful that Lois will get to go to her own home the end of this week. Prayers for continued healing.

Dolores Todd - Is home with Bob. Prayers for continued healing.

Bea Aho - Prayers for a return to her apartment. Last we knew she was in Mother Joseph's.

If you have prayer requests that you would like to share with our members please call the church office and let Kathy know.

 

 

 

 
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