The Foolish Pride of a King

Advent 3

The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever. – Revelation 11:16

A.W.Tozer tells the story of Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany. Shortly before the Kaiser himself helped drag Europe into World War I, he attended a church service. A faithful pastor preached on Christ’s coming again. He spoke of God’s promised kingdom of eternal righteousness and peace.

“I never want to hear that kind of sermon again,” cried the Kaiser, greatly offended. “Such an event is not at all in keeping with the plans we have for the future and the glory of our fatherland.”

Few kings were humbled a dramatically as those of Babylon. In Daniel 4, God made proud Nebuchadnezzar crawl on all fours and eat grass like a cow, and in Daniel 5:20, it says of Nebuchadnezzar’s successor, Belshazzar, that “he acted proudly [and] was deposed from his kingly throne, and his glory was stripped from him.”

That could have been the epithet on Kaiser Wilhelm’s reign – and most other kings of history too. Wilhelm’s dreams of earthly glory were destroyed along with Germany’s crushing defeat in WWI.

And it’s not just kings who are proud and have hopes for personal glory. Most of us, in one way or another, make our own plans, chase our own agendas, and seek our own glory. In many and various ways, we say like the Kaiser, “[God’s agenda is] not at all in keeping with the plans we have for [our] future and the glory of our [family, career, retirement, etc.].”

We tell God our plans and expect him to join us … and are frustrated (and sometimes bitter) when life doesn’t go as we plan. Freedom comes when we trust that God has a bigger plan than we could ever hope for or dream of. And it will bring true glory … and be eternal!

In Christ’s Love,

a guy who’s own dreams

didn’t come true early

… and has been blessed

more than if they did!

And will be blessed

even more in the future




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