Hamaan was feeling like he had the world by the tail. Still he had one burr in hiis saddle–Mordechi. No matter how great the world around him became, he would never be content as long as Mordechi could disrespect him. So to get the better of Him, Hamaan’s wife suggessted that Hamaan build a tremendous gallows and hang his mortal enemy. That brought Hamaan joy upon joy. Now he had it all. He was rich, the king loved him. He was eradecating the world of the Israelites and especially Mordechi…Or, so he thought. Hamaan was the captain of his own ship and as such could call his own shots. What Hamaan did not understand was control is an illusion. The control Hamaan thought he now had was only there because God had allowed it.
We often fall into that same trap. We begin to believe we somehow have gained control of our destiny. We have free will, no doubt. But in the end God’s plan is bigger. That is why humbly following God’s lead always turns out better. When we try to run our own lives “Our Way” (Circa Frank Sinatra) it turns into a chaotic mess. It always looks Good to start, but apart from the Lord we will certainly make a mess out of life. Solomon reminds us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your understanding, acknowledge him in all your ways and he will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6 Hamaan had no idea what he was creating, but to be sure, it was a mess!
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And Haman went out that day joyful and glad ofMeanwhile heart. But when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, that he neither rose nor trembled before him, he was filled with wrath against Mordecai. 10 Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself and went home, and he sent and brought his friends and his wife Zeresh. 11 And Haman recounted to them the splendor of his riches, the number of his sons, all the promotions with which the king had honored him, and how he had advanced him above the officials and the servants of the king. 12 Then Haman said, “Even Queen Esther let no one but me come with the king to the feast she prepared. And tomorrow also I am invited by her together with the king. 13 Yet all this is worth nothing to me, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.” 14 Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Let a gallows[d] fifty cubits[e] high be made, and in the morning tell the king to have Mordecai hanged upon it. Then go joyfully with the king to the feast.” This idea pleased Haman, and he had the gallows made.