Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Searching for the Joy - 25

My note:
I have been away for a while and I am glad to be back. I will try to post at least weekly.

1Ki 1:45 - "And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet put the holy oil on him and made him king in Gihon; and they came back from there with joy, and the town was all worked up. This is the noise which has come to your ears."

Background.
Adonijah and his guests heard the noise from where they were and thought this was a good sign but it was really the end of his bid for the throne.

Where's the joy.
I would make a proverb of this verse:
When everyone is cheering, make sure it is for you before you take your bow.

Jesus said, "If you are invited to a wedding feast, don't always head for the best seat. What if someone more respected than you has also been invited? The host will say, 'Let this person sit here instead.' Then you will be embarrassed and will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table! Do this instead - sit at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, 'Friend, we have a better place than this for you!' Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. For the proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored." Luke 14:8-11

Finding joy in the humble place is a skill that I am still working on.

2 comments:

Dave King said...

When everyone is cheering, make sure it is for you before you take your bow.

Words of wisdom man.

- Peace

Richard said...

I remember the way back when I thought I was humble. Was quite a rude shock to learn that not only was my humility false, I was insufferably proud.

One thing that I wished I had learned earlier was that when someone pays you a compliment, the humble response is to praise God for his generosity rather than to trivialize that which you are being complimented for.