“Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him” (1 Kings 1:1).Text — 1 Kings 1:5-10
William Shakespeare wrote, “Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambitions. By that sin fell the angels; how can man then, The image of his Maker, hope to profit by’t?” The question is, why did Adonijah exalt himself and desired to be king? Why did he ignore the fact that the throne was the throne of David and the kingdom was the kingdom of Israel, the people of God? Why did he forget that in the kingdom of God, there is a rule that we must follow? He was blinded by the lust for name and fame, glory and glamour associated with the throne. He went the way of Absalom, his brother, and Lucifer, their mentor.
Position seeking and self-exaltation are not the ways of the kingdom. They are the ways of the world and lead to perdition. Hence D. L. Moody said, “Be humble or you’ll stumble.” The ways of the kingdom are the ways of humility, the ways of Jesus Christ who made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant. He humbled himself and was exalted at last.
The way of Absalom
Self-exaltation is not the way of the Kingdom.
Prayer for today
Oh God, give me the mind of Christ.