It is so easy to humble oneself in the place of the wait.
When we haven’t really achieved much, gone anywhere, done anything. We bow our heads, we “respect ourselves”. That is, until..
Until we believe we’ve landed.
Then, almost overnight, our attitudes change. We no longer respect ourselves, but start expecting (often even demanding) it. After all, levels have changed.
It’s funny just how quickly human beings can get carried away.
There is something to disturbing about power.
Few understand it’s purpose and thus abuse it. Authority.
It corrupts. But only if we let it..
This is what John C Maxwell has to say about overstepping your borders:
“[Uzziah] sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper . . .
But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the Lord his God.” (2 Chronicles 26:5, 16)
The choices we make nearly always reflect our true character. Uzziah’s reign mirrored that of Asa, Josiah, and Amaziah – it began very strong and ended in disgrace. In the early years, Uzziah displayed strong, godly leadership skills. The Lord blessed him with military success. During this time, his inner circle included a godly spiritual counselor, Zechariah, who exerted significant influence for good. Uzziah sought after God, and the Lord prospered him.
As Uzziah’s kingdom and wealth increased, however, his priorities shifted to personal success rather than the things that delighted God’s heart. A raw desire for power consumed his soul, and the king intentionally stepped out of his God-ordained role. As a result, Uzziah left a legacy of disgrace. “He dwelt in an isolated house, because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 26:21). A sad ending to a promising start.”
Let us be wiser.. and keep our eyes on what truly matters.