A Bitter Meal
Today’s scripture selection: Esther 1-5
Key verses: Esther 3:1-6
“When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.”
The Old Testament Book of Esther is the tale of a beautiful young and courageous woman; a Queen, who intercedes for her people. It’s also the story of a very bitter and arrogant man who plots to destroy those people – and ends up destroying himself.
And that’s where it’s more than just a good story, with lots of drama. It’s a lesson for us all.
Bitterness takes a terrible toll on people.
It causes a great deal of heartache on the victims upon which a bitter attack is waged.
But it also eats away, like a cancer, in the life of the one who holds the bitterness in his or her heart.
That was Haman’s problem – the man who wanted to destroy Mordecai’s people – the Jews.
You can read the story for yourself to see how this bitterness played out in their lives. But what is worth pondering is where, if any, there is any bitterness starting to worm its way into your life. If there is – take it to God – as soon as possible. Ask God to show it to you; help you to better understand it; but most of all, assist you in wiping it out of your life once and for all. If you don’t, one day it will not only consume the happiness in other’s lives – it will rise up and eat you alive – just for dessert.
Prayer: Lord, keep me free from bitterness, whatever its source. AMEN.