Haman the Agagite, in the book of Esther, was indentified by King Ahasuerus for quick promotion. He was set above all the princes. That would have been fine, except that he was a bit immature and maybe not quite prepared to manage the favor and privilege that came his way.
Haman savored every moment imagining how other mortals would bow before him. However, Mordecai would not do it. Such an act would go against his faith and allegiance to the Living God. Soon, Haman was made aware of Mordecai’s decision.
Haman let himself be corrupted by the immense power that was now readily available to him. He purposed to not only get ride of Mordecai, but also to eradicate Jews all over the Empire. He quickly got the king’s legal backing for his evil plans.
Rising to power is not in itself wrong. But when you see yourself as a god and let yourself be deified, it clearly does not end well.
Pride comes before a fall. When we do not walk in humility and in the fear of God, we can easily get corrupted and start to bow to our fallen nature.
So God, please, keep us humble, broken and contrite as we walk with you.