Day 9

Humiliation and Exaltation

from the Humiliation and Exaltation reading plan

Esther 6:1-14, Psalm 145:14-20

BY Hayley Morgan

Text: Esther 6, Psalm 145:14-20

And Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and the horse that the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown is set.”
-Esther 6:7,8

The Kingdom of God is upside down in the wildest ways. It’s absolutely counter-cultural and tips the scales of reason even today, more than 2000 years after Jesus walked the Earth. In God’s kingdom, the oppressed are liberated, the mighty are brought low, and the orphan is set in a family. Leaders lead best when they are humble, and Scripture tells us God opposes the proud (James 4:6).

Oftentimes, I want a bright and shiny appointment from the King. I want to be out in front, up on stage, under the lights. Sure, I want to please the Lord, but if I’m honest I also want the earthly trappings that come from leading. But, as John the Baptist understood, Christ must always increase and I must always decrease if I am to be in line with His standards of humility (John 3:30).

Haman looked to the king and wanted desperately, in all of his pride, to be cloaked like a king himself. He wanted to be like the king. So when Mordecai received the honors Haman felt like he himself deserved, it was as if someone else had been chosen as the lead in the school play! Haman is humiliated. He’s angry. He sees no point in serving the king if it doesn’t also bring glory to himself.

How often are we tempted to believe the same thing—that we are not seen by God unless we are wearing the robes of Doing Big Things or Being Important? Sometimes we want to be recognized as valuable to God in the eyes of others more than we want to be seen by God Himself.

We must be made less and God must be made more. Yet in His immense goodness, God promises that we will share in a Heavenly eternity with Him. He has forgiven us of much, and loves us much more. In God’s perfect, upside-down way, it isn’t standing tall and getting it right that makes things better or makes us important. We are forgiven when we see our sin, bow low in acknowledgement, and turn away from our old ways. It is with God that we are humbled but not humiliated, brought low but not crushed.

Let’s seek to be like our King, not to be seen by others but simply to have a heart like His.

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118 thoughts on "Humiliation and Exaltation"

  1. Meg says:

    This was just what I needed today! I loved the analogy of not getting the lead role in a play because just today the cast list was posted for my school play. My best friend is the lead and I am a background character. Today’s devotion helped me realize that the reason I was upset about not getting the part was because I wanted to be seen by other people, when I really only need to be seen by God

  2. Mallory Martin says:

    Ohhhh this was so encouraging to me this morning. I so often desire my own glory and mask it as desiring God’s glory. You out into words what my heart has been feeling. Thank you.

  3. stephanie says:

    Our lives as believers are hidden in Christ. One thought that came into my mind, as may people have said to me, “I know I’ve met you before.” And I’m pretty certain that I have not met them. I hope and pray that they are saying that in a way that recognizes Christ and not me. That believers that they meet are also hiding their lives in Christ. So when they meet someone with the same aroma of Christ, they are filled with faith hope and love. That’s my prayer today.

  4. Abi says:

    In this season of motherhood and having a toddler it’s easy to feel like I’m not doing anything important. But I have to remember that it’s just as important to love and teach a little one as unto the Lord as it is to be a missionary in Africa. God sees our heart and not what people see.

  5. Tiffanie says:

    Yes! This was a powerful message that really hit home with me . I focus too much on what others think about what I’m doing

  6. Estera says:

    Humility is the most beautiful adornment a woman can possess *

  7. Estera says:

    Humility is the most beautiful adornme a a woman a

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