1 Kings 1:5 Now Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, put himself forward and said, “I will be king.” So he got chariots and horses ready, with fifty men to run ahead of him.
“Oh I just can’t wait to be king!” Remember that fun song from the movie, Lion King? Little Simba knew he was next to be king. He excitedly sang about how great it would be when that day came. But his uncle Scar wants to take the throne away. He comes up with his own evil plan to become the next king instead of the rightful heir. It’s a page out of 1 Kings 1.
Here, Adonijah decides that he will be the next king. His father, King David, was old and not real able to do anything about it… so he thought. Here’s the problem, Solomon was the rightful heir to the throne. David finds out Adonijah’s plan and while he is busy crowning himself king with a group of friends, David announces that Solomon is the new king of the land. That didn’t work out too well for him.
Self-promotion doesn’t usually work out too well in general. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and HE will lift you up. (James 4:10) Forcing ourselves to the top didn’t work for Adonijah and it won’t work for us. This is the way of the world, not the way of the Lord. He calls us to love and to serve. He calls us to stand out from the rest and allow Him to do the promoting. If we will take that mindset, we might even find ourselves like Solomon. If we are patient, God will lift us up in His time.