When we look around we find ourselves entrapped in a very competitive world. Everyone we know including ourselves are in a competition regardless of our choice. The competition is to put ourselves in a better position and to show we are in a good position in the society. It is needed to set up a good image but certain people just go too deep into it making worthless fame for themselves. Some tend to run behind the Positions while some other run behind money some with technology and so on. It is needed to be in a good position, get rich and update with technology but when people run just behind these make there lives miserable.
As people tend to get in better positions they tend to forget to whatever positions they were before and even stop communicating to those in lower levels in society. Some run behind the money and all the new products in market get all the valuable stuff and they don’t realize the lose of good people in life while they were running behind all this. But the truth is while they run behind all these great things they loose their bonds with there own families as they become more busier in their work and establishing contacts with great people. And one day when the person comes in trouble he won’t find anyone with him to support him as he was busy running behind all the worthless fame and wealth and the technology. And all these seem to be of no use to help him out off his troubles.
This is one main reason for the destruction of families these days. We tend to be busy on so many things and we don’t find time to be with our spouses, kids, parents, relatives and friends that day by day our relation with them slowly breaks away and ego starts to fill in us saying am in better position than anyone in my family and friends and this eventually leads to destruction.
We all know The story of Cain and Abel. While they were the first born ones in the world and there was no much people in the world Cain and Abel brought a sacrifice to God and even though they knew the method of offering a sacrifice by bringing a bull or lamb or dove, Cain brought good products from his field and offered vegetables as offering while Abel brought a lamb from his herd of sheep. God pleased in Abel’s sacrifice as he did according to God’s commandment. This made Cain to go angry as God didn’t please his sacrifice and it lead to the death of Abel. See the ego in Cain grew so much on Abel and lead to the death of his very brother.
In another incident in 1st Samuel 25 we see a great wealthy man Nabal to whom David while in his exile before becoming King had helped him by protecting his animals. David came to know about a festival in Nabal’s place and David expected Nabel to help him by providing food to him and his people. But Nabal didn’t bother them and send them without giving anything. When David heard about what he did, he set forth to kill him. But his wife Abigail who was smart and wise met David on way and apologized to himfor Nabal and brought him food and presents. David forgave Nabal. But the next day when Nabal heard of all that happened Nabal got shocked and heart died within him and he became as a stone and after ten days he passed away. (1 Samuel 25:37,38). This incident reminds us to be humble and help the needy even when we reach great positions in life.
Again during King David’s time, when he had to run away from the throne because of his son Absalom. Ahithophel who was considered a wise man on those days told Absalom a way to catch his father King David and kill him. But when King David heard about Ahithophel he prayed to God to defeat his plan of counsel and God changed Absalom’s mindset and when Ahithophel saw his plan went invalid before Absalom he went and hung himself and died. Later we know what happened to Absalom. He was beaten upto death while he was hanging on a tree! See when people tend to grow more and more on their ego it leads to their own destruction.
(2 Samuel 15-19 chapters)
In Esther we see Haman who reluctantly fought with Mordecai. And we know in the end where Haman made a gallows of fifty cubits to kill Mordecai, Haman and his 10 sons were hung to death. Esther 7:10.
There are many more examples where God showed his wrath upon people for not turning back from their proud ways in Daniel we see how the great King Nebuchadnezzar turned out as an animal and lived in forest for seven years. Despite of this warning his son King Belshazzar also lived in full glory and set him above everything and went against God and God gave him warning but he didn’t obey and that night he was killed and the empire went to the hands of Medians. (Daniel chapter 4 and 5)
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble. (Daniel 4:37 NIV)
In New Testament we see King Herod who took all praise without giving the glory to God who was struck by the angel of God and was eaten by worms before dead.
On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. (Acts 12:21-23 NIV)
See through out the bible we see many places where God took actions on those proud people who inspite of several warnings didn’t humble themselves. Therefore this all happened to be a warning for all of us to be humble.
In 1st Corinthians we see the greatest Apostle Paul who brought many to Christ advising the people in Corinth that he don’t want anyone to exalt him and follow his name but he wants everyone to follow God.
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:6-9 NIV)
Again he also points out what our qualifications and abilities were to be selected by Christ and reminds us to be humble.
“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NIV)
Philippians 2:5 says-“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”(Philippians 2:5-8 NIV)
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. “(2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV)
And this is what God wants us to do today ‘be humble.’ For Apostle Peter in his letter says- “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:5-7 NIV)