That promotion didn’t last long

1 Kings 16:15  In the twenty-seventh year of Judah’s King Asa, Zimri became king for seven days in Tirzah. Now the troops were encamped against Gibbethon of the Philistines. 

I am saddened by the recent events involving Josh Powell and his children.  This was a disturbed man who knew he was in trouble.  So he blew up his house with himself and his kids in it.  It’s crazy to imagine what would drive someone to do something like that, and my heart certainly goes out to the family left behind trying to deal with the aftermath.  There is a man in the Bible who committed a similar act, and his name was Zimri.  He took the kingship by force and when someone else took it back from him, he burned down his house while he was in it.

What is really interesting about this story is that the text tells us he was king for seven days.  Seven, whopping, days.  That is a short leadership stint if you ask me.  I was coordinating an event recently and was working with a contact from the venue in regards to our use of their facility.  A week went by when I learned she had been  fired.  So we started working with a new employee who was also fired a week later.  Now I am on employee number three and I hope she makes it!

Back to the point, Zimri was king… for only seven days.  That promotion certainly didn’t last long.  And do you know why it didn’t last long?  Because it was a SELF-promotion.  Self promotions don’t go far with God.  When we lift ourselves up, we get humbled.  But when we humble ourselves, He lifts us up.  Why?   Because the Lord is looking for a healthy heart posture.  He is looking for men and women who desire to serve Him and give Him the glory in their lives.  I say, “sign me up for that.”  The only kind of promotion I want is the kind that comes from the Lord.

I just can’t wait to be king

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.