According to a recent study, fame is now the number one goal of preteens. “Being famous” catapulted from sixteenth place all the way to first, leap-frogging over long-standing life goals such as having a family, working a good job, or living in community. The researchers connect this cataclysmic shift in values to the proliferation of fame-based reality television and social media platforms. Even adults are not immune to the lure of fame.
In today’s passage, Haman once again provides us with an example of how not to think and live. We also see another example of God’s providence. Haman arrived in the court of the king first thing in the morning, after the king’s sleepless night. He was seeking permission to hang Mordecai on the gallows he had erected (v. 4).
But before Haman could implement his plan, the king called him into his chamber and asked a cryptic question: What should be done “for the man the king delights to honor?” (v. 7). Egotist that he was, Haman assumed the king wanted to honor him. So, he suggested the reward for which he most longed.
Haman didn’t need more wealth; he undoubtedly enjoyed all of the luxury afforded to his position in the Persian court. He also didn’t ask for more power or authority, since he was already second only to the king.
What he requested was the honor of wearing the king’s own robe and riding the king’s own horse in his own one-man parade through the kingdom. Ultimately, Haman wanted to partake of the king’s prestige. Nothing mattered to him more than fame and admiration. Haman’s desire for personal fame lured him into making a request that would come back to haunt him.
>> Social media has created a culture of celebrity, where an individual can catapult to sudden fame by simply garnering the attention of the rest of us. Think about your relationship with social media and fame. Consider the steps you can take to guard your heart and give God first place.
With so many things competing for our attention in today’s world, we pray we’ll keep our focus on God and His Word. Will we give the Lord first place in our lives? Will we delight in His Word?