2 Kings 14:10-12 10 You have indeed defeated Edom, and you have become overconfident. Enjoy your glory and stay at home. Why should you stir up such trouble that you fall — you and Judah with you? ” 11 But Amaziah would not listen, so King Jehoash of Israel advanced. He and King Amaziah of Judah faced off at Beth-shemesh that belongs to Judah. 12 Judah was routed before Israel, and everyone fled to his own tent.
Amaziah was a little cocky. So King Jehoash called him out on it. He thought he was pretty big stuff. It’s like that guy who makes an amazing three-point shot on the basketball court. He gets the ball, puts it up, and… nothing but net! Now he thinks he is on fire. So he stops passing the ball to his team mates. Instead he starts taking every shot, missing most of them. Someone just needs to tell him, “just because you made that one good shot doesn’t mean you are NBA material.” Amaziah thought he was NBA material. He had a victory and it went to his head. He thought he could take on anyone and win. But he was wrong and Jehoash taught him a lesson in humility.
What’s up with cocky people, huh? Why do they insist that they are all that and a bag of chips? It’s so annoying! They walk with a strut, too. Drives me crazy. Because there’s a big difference between cocky and confident. I like confident people. They carry themselves with strength and determination, but they don’t go around talking about it. Cocky people waste all their words on talking about how great they are. I have a theory: when people constantly talk about how great they are, I think they are actually trying to convince themselves. Just knock off all the boasting – it isn’t helping anyone.
2 Corinthians 10:17-18 says, “So the one who boasts must boast in the Lord. For it is not the one commending himself who is approved, but the one the Lord commends.” Now this is the kind of boasting that I would like to hear. I want to hear people talk about how great their God is. Take Tebow for example: humble, confident, and boasting about the Lord. That’s the kind of person that the Lord approves – not those who are cocky about themselves, but who are confident in their Lord. Change your tone today. Start talking about who God is IN you and watch what happens to your confidence, your words, and even your spiritual strut.