I remember a movie I watched some time ago. A young man wanted to marry the daughter of a rich man. He went about plotting ways he could impress the rich man so he would be allowed to marry the man. He went to friends and borrowed a substantial amount of money from the friends that he was going to start a business.
As a car mechanic by occupations, he usually went out with the daughter of the rich man with them. All along the lady liked a simple life and enjoyed the company of a street hawker she normally buys fruits from. One day, the young man attended the lady’s birthday party. Unknown to the young man, the girl had made background checks on the guy and has found out who he really was. He came with many big gifts for the lady to impress her. Upon entering the room, he met all his friends he had borrowed money from. Trying to hide the gifts from his friends, he was met by a couple of them demanding their money, since he has been avoiding them. The lady during the party introduced the street hawker that they were marrying soon.
Many a time, we are tempted to go the extra mile beyond our capabilities to gain the favor of others. Going beyond our limits, we resort to lies and hypocrisies. Starting with lies, we are obliged to continue with these lies to enjoy the continued favor. Hanging tightly to these as they draw away our uniqueness, we face the challenges of always smiling to make others happy but are actually discontent.
This is what happened to the Amalekite who came to David with the crown of King Saul. By his own confession, he had killed Saul as his dying wish. But this was a lie. King Saul died by falling on his own sword after his armor bearer was afraid to kill him when he requested that (1 Samuel 31:4-6). The Amalekite thought by claiming to be the killer of David’s long time pursuer, he will be hugely rewarded. However, David asked his young men to kill him because He claimed to have killed God’s anointed servant. This is what He says:
David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?”. “I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,” he answered. David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed’2 Samuel 1:13-16 (NIV)
Let us be true to ourselves. Optimism should make us aspire for greater heights. It is not a license to live in hypocrisy and lies. The lies would one day lead to downfall, most assuredly. For Paul asks us to learn to live in content in all things (Philipians 4:11-13). Let others know you for who you are and what you can offer them. If they honor you this way, they will honor you forever.
Thank you Father for your word I have received today. Lord I have learnt to be content in all things. I pray that you will grant me the grace to learn how to be content in all circumstances. Thank you very much for your constant love. Amen!!
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