How do you react when someone catches you making a mistake? Do you get defensive? Do you get embarrassed? Do you lash out at them? Or do you humbly admit your fault and move on?
patiently on the ark for years, but quickly lost his patience when his
youngest son, Ham, made fun of him to his brothers as Noah lay naked in a
drunken stupor. In fact, Noah becomes so angry with Ham that he curses
Ham's descendants (Canaan was Ham's oldest son) to be slaves to the rest
of the family.
How is that fair? Canaan didn't have
anything to do with it and yet he's the one Noah curses? And laying down
a curse on someone just because they laughed at you when you made a
No doubt that Ham should have shown more
respect for his father, but Noah's reaction is certainly blowing the
situation out of proportion.
What would have happened
if Noah had given Ham a firm look and a few stern words instead? What
would have happened if he had admitted his own fault in the affair and
resolved to be more careful in the future?
make a mistake, let's not further it by becoming defensive or lashing
out at those who witness it. Instead, let us fix our spirits toward
humility and grace as we seek to resolve our fault.