Delusions of Grandeur By Pastor Mike Prah
An old fable tells the story of a proud lion who was convinced he was the sovereign lord of all he surveyed. He strutted proudly around the jungle asking, “Who is the king of the jungle?” The little mouse answered, “You are, sir” and the donkey said, You are, Sir.” So did the monkeys, deer and hippos. When the lion roared his question to the elephant, the elephant wrapped his trunk around the lion, whirled him above his head and crashed him into a tree. The lion got up, dizzy and dazed, and wobbled back to the elephant and said, “You don’t have to get sore just because you don’t know the right answer.”
Isn’t that just like us? We are sure we are in control. We are certain we are the king of our jungle. We insist on our delusions of grandeur even when we are thrown down and crushed. We rationalize, excuse, deny, and even forget, the truth. Finally we “hit bottom” and meet our “moment of truth.” Then the reality of our weakness becomes all too obvious. That’s when the truth shines like a lamp on our path: that we are powerless.
Christ came to testify to the truth, the truth about you and me. We desperately need a new king, a new sovereign, a new Lord, a new life. Saint Augustine stated it perfectly: “God made us for Himself. Our hearts are never at peace until we find our home with God.” Jesus said it plainly: “Apart from Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Our restoration begins when we embrace Christ Jesus as the Lord of our lives, as in the spirit of this old hymn:
Abide with me! Fast falls the eventide.
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide!
When other helpers fail, And comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, Oh abide with me!
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28- 31 NIV)
Help me, Lord, to no longer be deluded about who’s really in charge of my life. Open my heart to receive your kingship and begin a new and noble life in You. Today, I relinquish control and I ask You to be LORD of every area of my life.
God’s grace to you,
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