The Rare Character

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Let’s say you have been waiting for a promotion at your work place, you have all it takes and you believe the position belongs to you. You even start dressing the part and behaving as though you already have it. However, when the appointment day comes, your friend is chosen for the promotion. Devastating, right? I don’t know about you, but I would be greatly disappointed, I would even sulk for some time then move on, I might slowdown in my work because after all, hard work disappointed me. In the worst case, I would confront the bosses, and resent my friend for ‘taking my position’ Then if it becomes too much to bear, I would call it quits and look for other pastures, greener or not. Oh yes, I might also work hard to frustrated this friend and pour out my anger on them.

I know that sounds so wrong, but it is the reality. Someone said ‘if jealousy is the ugliest of human virtues, then its absence is the most beautiful human virtue. If one is not alert to God’s purpose for their lives, then jealousy can destroy them. When I came to a place of accepting others to shine and thrive, I realized that every step is ordered and ordained by God, even when it does not add up in our minds and in our wisdom, God always knows what He is doing. Psalm 75:6-7 says ‘For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.’  When we understand that it is God who promotes and demotes, then we shall live in peace and serve Him whether we are up or down the ranks.

In the book of 1 Samuel we come across so many heroes, but Jonathan stands out for me. He is a selfless humble hero who chooses the will of God over his personal honour, over his ambition and over his power. David was chosen as king over him, and instead of letting jealousy take over, he continued being his loyal friend, and even protected him from his own father Saul. He submitted to God’s will, giving up his future kingdom. He did not pursue his own interests or force his own will. Knowing that God wanted to establish David and not himself, he humbly submitted to God’s will.  (1st Samuel 20-23)

Jonathan embraces his purpose, though not kingly, he became a loyal friend and protector of David who was put in his desired place. To him God had promoted his friend and God’s will matter most. This is such a character, I think Jonathan is not celebrated enough! Well he had his weaknesses as everyone else, but this kind of humility puzzles me. Humility is not being an introvert; humility is not giving away your seat. Humility is submitting to God’s will even if it means letting go of your own ambitions and desires. It is saying ‘yes’ to God’s instruction, even when you are not the one being promoted.

May the Lord grant us such humility.

Amen.  

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