MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2020
TOPIC: ARROGANCE KILLS
TEXT: 2 Chronicles 10:1-19
“But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.” – (2 Chronicles 10:8)
The reign of Louis XIV of France is synonymous with elegance and arrogance. He was called the “Sun King”. No other personality, with the exception of Napoleon, ever dominated French history to the extent he did. The king and the queen, Marie Antoinette, were far removed from the sufferings and yearnings of the masses. This bred bitter resentment which culminated in the French Revolution that led to the death of tens of thousands with 17,000 people, including the king and the queen, guillotined.
Rehoboam was also an arrogant and reckless young man. He chose to be guided by the advice of his peers instead of the wise counsel of elders to address the complaints of his subjects. When he threatened to impose hard taxation and chastise his people with scorpions, the tribal representatives announced their secession from the union and appointed Jeroboam as their leader. Thus, the unified kingdom built up by David came to an abrupt end.
Many people begin their Christian walk well with focus and wholehearted commitment to God. But subtly, pride and arrogance begin to well up within, setting the stage for a downfall.
God accepts only service to Him and humanity that is rendered with a humble, contrite heart. Those who rule over others must be just and lead them in the fear of God. To leave Him out or try to take His place in the affairs of the people is to toe the path of the fallen Lucifer.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
To disregard constructive criticism is clear arrogance.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Kings 8