Show Himself A Worthy Man…
False pride and ego are wicked tools of the devil. Pride, the first of the “deadly” sins, is first for a reason. Yes, it could be argued that hypocrisy is the first of the sins, which may be true, but pride is riding along side hypocrisy. The two work arm-in-arm to make a life miserable. The person being led by pride and ego sees themselves as a king when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.
Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king”: and he prepared himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. ~ 1 Kings 1:5 KJB
And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him. ~ 1 Kings 1:7 KJB
Pride makes us to do all things against God. We tell lies, we act out in ways that later are embarrassing and the worst part is we bring others along and the shame and guilt brought to our lives spreads to others who were following along for their piece of the prize that will never materialize.
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How many lives are affected by our prideful ways? How many resources, how much time and effort are wasted and abused as we travel a road of blissful ignorance? Others, those outside the clowns following along, see exactly what is happening, see the head clown. While they do not necessarily laugh at the hypocritical pride on display they steer clear and allow the whirlwind to pass their door.
And moreover the king’s servants came to bless our lord king David, saying, God make the name of Solomon better than thy name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. And the king bowed himself upon the bed. And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which has given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even seeing it. And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and went every man his way. ~ 1 Kings 1:47-49 KJB
When the lie falls apart and we are seen as naked sinners in the whole of our community it can be a tough pill to swallow. We have shown ourselves as prideful arrogant, mischiefs with a blatant disregard for those around us. This is anything but godly. This is not who we are. This is not who we are suppose to be or how we are to act. With a total and complete lack of humility we trudge forward in our sin reeking havoc along the way. Once the “party” ends and the disaster of our life is seen by everyone this is the time we turn back to God. This is the time our pride and ego no longer hide the guilt and shame.
And Solomon said, If he will show himself a worthy man, there shall not a hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die. So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon: and Solomon said unto him, Go to your house. ~ 1 Kings 1:52-53
We turn to God and our family sees our humility for the first time. Our community can see how God has moved in our life. Lives change at the altar. We need only throw our pride to the floor and Come to the altar that God may make the necessary changes in our lives.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.