Scripture: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 NIV
Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked. They replied, “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.” But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. 1 Kings 12:6-8 NIV
Observation: Paul speaks of the need to be humble–King Rehoboam demonstrates the consequences of not.
Application: It is true that the kingdom of Israel was destined to be taken from Solomon’s house because of his sin but I believe that Rehoboam’s ego hastened the split. The people of Israel came to him and encouraged him to put his subjects before himself thereby ensuring their devotion. He arrogantly refused their plea and the advice of his mature advisors. The result was a division within the kingdom and upheaval and strife that existed from that day on. Humility is a wonderful thing. I believe that a little can go a long way and when all parties conduct themselves by considering others first harmony results. Strive to be humble.
Prayer: Father, help me the be a humble man. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen