June 29, 2022
Today’s reading: 1 Kings 1:5
Let God exalt you
We read in 1 Kings 1:5:
5 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king”; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.
Adonijah was most likely the oldest living son of David at this time. It was a common custom in monarchies that the eldest son would be the next in line to the throne.
Thus, we see here how Adonijah took matters into his own hands and exalted himself to be king of Israel.
The problem is that the kingship of Israel wasn’t determined by order of siblings, but by Yahweh. It is God who decides who will be the next king.
This tells us something:
We must avoid exalting ourselves. Lest it becomes a shame on us.
When we humble ourselves before the Almighty, He will exalt us when the right time comes.
We read in James 4:10:
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
This also reminds us of a parable given by Yahshua (Luke 14:7-11):
7 So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: 8 “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; 9 and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. 11 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
It is always better to be humble and be exalted rather than be boastful and be humbled later on.
May we not forget:
“God resists the proud,James 4:6
But gives grace to the humble.”
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