Haman had enormous power in Ahasuerus’ kingdom, but he wanted more. When Mordecai the Jew would not bow to his arrogance, Haman was not content just to get even. He wanted to destroy all the Jews in Persia. But his lust for revenge cost him his own life (Est. 7:10).
So too, we today can self-destruct on our own pride, selfishness, greed, lust, or thirst for revenge.
According to Daniel Schaeffer in his book Dancing With A Shadow, the Eskimos devised a way of killing wolves. They planted a knife in the ice with the handle buried. Then they put chunks of fresh meat on the blade and let it freeze. The wolves would smell the blood from afar and come to devour it. As they licked the frozen meat, they worked themselves into a frenzy. Soon they cut their tongues on the razor-sharp blade and began feeding their hunger with their own blood. They would lick until they slowly bled to death.
When we fail to recognize the danger of sin and allow ourselves to become obsessed with it, we are in danger of self-destruction—as was Haman. To avoid that end, let’s daily open our hearts and lives to God’s examination, and ask Him to forgive us for the sin He exposes.
O Lord, if I am full of self,
I can be blind to danger;
I would be free from pride and greed,
To anger be a stranger. —Hess
Self-indulgence leads to self-destruction.