If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead.
Here God is warning us that making trouble for others will eventually bomerang back to us. Sir Walter Scott said, “Oh what tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”
Some of you know I have a great passion to encourage women to read the Bible from cover to cover. One of the wonderful benefits is that the Bible doesn’t just teach life principles, but it also illustrates them through real examples in real people’s lives.
The book of Esther displays a picture of someone who dug a pit for someone else and then fell in it. His name was Haman. He hated a Jew named Mordecai, Esther’s cousin. His hatred wasn’t based on any real wrong done to him. His hatred stemmed from the fact that he didn’t get his way. That’s a story in itself. And as his bitterness grew, he sought to kill not only Mordecai, but all the Jews of the land. Bitterness does that. It always widens the circle of collateral damage.
An interesting detail of the story is that Haman’s wife, Zeresh, encouraged him to take revenge. She said, “Hang Mordecai. Then go and be happy.” That’s bad advice. But Esther took a bold step, asking her husband, the King, to intervene. End result, Haman was hung on the gallows he intended for others. Haman did not know “what goes around comes around.” Haman was the rat that got caught in his own trap.
Make it personal….. Live it out!
Haman is the central villain in this story. But his wife, Zeresh, fueled the fire. Instead of being the voice of reason, she encouraged him to act out his rage. When we do that, even if we don’t participate in evil actions, we are accomplices to the crime; there is “blood on our hands.” Whether it’s your husband or your sister or a leader you serve with that is angry, pray for them. And better yet, pray with them.
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16
Taken from our sweet sister, Debbi Bryson’s devotional “Wisdom for Women”