Celebrating another’s failure

2 Samuel 1:11-12  11 Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. 12 They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

Something we humans do that pretty much drives me crazy is celebrating other people’s failures.  We laugh when someone falls and snicker when someone blows it.  It makes us feel better, I guess.  We have something in us that wants to rejoice when that jerk gets what he had coming.  And I wonder if all that really happens in our hearts is a phenomenon is something I call “success by elimination.”  You know, that’s when your team wins the game because the other team doesn’t show up.

Are we that insecure, that desperate?  Do we have no successes of our own so that we must rejoice when someone else fails?  What is wrong with us?  It’s what I despise about political campaigns, too.  All the energy is spent on pointing out the flaws of the opponent.  Why doesn’t anyone focus their energy on their personal success anymore?  Seriously.

David had no such problem and no such insecurity.  He was the underdog, the guy on the run.  Saul was the big bad wolf – the king who constantly tried to kill David.  So where was David’s happy dance?  Why didn’t he throw a party when Saul died?  Because he didn’t have to.  He was secure in who he was.  He had victories of his own to focus on.  Not only that, he recognized the authority that was placed on Saul by God and chose to honor it.  He mourned with and for Israel, for they had lost their king.  God would soon promote him, but it wasn’t up to him to get that job done.  He didn’t have to slander the guy going out to look better.  He had a heart for God and God’s love poured out of him, despite the circumstances he had walked through.  God wants it to pour out of us, too.

2 thoughts on “Celebrating another’s failure

  1. success by elimination… Love that saying makes so much sense! Sometimes it feels to me like if other people fail I may raise up a little …or misery loves company …. or when all your siblings are doing “well” in life making good money and have a nice house, 2.5 children and a picket fence! lol You feel like if something knocks them down a notch you may gain some speed and life can start developing for you…. What we have to understand is even if they loose their blessing or are having bad luck… that doesn’t mean we are going to get it!!! Like you said how insecure are we that we rejoice in someone failing??? We need to live more like God, rejoice in their accomplishments!! Raise up as children of God when they struggle; lift them up off ground, dust them off, and offer what you have to help them!

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