Ouch… the needle made its way through the thick denim jeans… (Hmm did someone say jeans were famous for being hardy?! It couldn’t even protect from this danger!). The manly leg jerked off the couch and commented that the mosquito stinger was known to be the sharpest of needles. Aapparently he had read it on Wikipaedia. The mosquito is supposed to be the most dangerous of creatures on earth.
Now on the alert, mosquitos began to be swatted rapidly by this manly prey. However one given instance led to a mosquito being caught alive. In the process, one wing got damaged and here was this misery causing little creature now helplessly crawling about my friend’s palm. I have to admit, I have never seen a mosquito crawling before! What a transformation from dominance to being humbled!
I can’t but help think of Haman in the book of Esther. The very plan that he suggested to the king was used to honour the very man he was plotting to kill. In fact he had formulated the suggestion thinking that he was going to be the one honoured! Oh just imagine his reaction not only when his fantasy bubble burst but also in seeing his foe Mordecai being exalted. To make matters worse, the very gallows that he got built to hang Mordecai was the one that saw to his life coming to an end. He had been progressively scheming to get his ways and each day he must have been gleefully rubbing his hands in delight. Haman had taken much pride in his ‘achievements’ and would boast about them to his wife. Yet even before his ultimate goal for which he toiled hard kicked in, he was hung. I wonder what went through his mind at that moment of helplessness.
“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12).
Jesus humbled Himself before everyone, even His own believers, as they mocked Him, scorned Him, humiliated Him …. Yet God exalted Him in front of all by raising Him from the dead and making Him appear and then ascend to heaven.
Paul writes, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name” (Philippians 2:5-9).
What is making you arrogant today?
What is stopping you from humbling yourself and becoming obedient unto God for what He is asking you to do? Is it a desire to make it to the top, to make a name for yourself? Is it your longing for comforts and security? Is it the demands of your loved ones?
Isaiah warns us, “The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled, and the pride of men brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day” (2:11). The arrogant may seem as if they are getting away but perhaps for a time and a season alone. On that day, the day of the Lord’s wrath, no arrogant or proud man can escape.
Our pride and arrogance may help us exalt ourselves and get to places… but in reality, it only SEEMS that way. God is Almighty and He can turn things around all so suddenly… What we work hard for, can crumble in mere seconds leaving us with no security other than in God. Our investments can be lost due to fraudulence on the part of the investment company… natural disasters can sweep away our assets and also our loved ones… and most likely no insurance company will offer to replace what is lost as the cause was not covered in their plans.
Therefore as long as it is called today, let us repent and turn to the loving grace and mercy of our Heavenly Father.
May we pass the test unlike the Israelites who, despite God’s provision and intervention, wanted to rely on what was seen!