Thursday, 3 March 2016

NEVER COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS, YOUR CASE IS DIFFERENT



                                                                              

One of my best stories in the bible is found in the book of Samuel.

The children of Israel, frustrated with the fact that Samuel’s children were nothing like Samuel, declared they wanted a king. That meant they were rejecting theocracy where God ruled over them through His Prophets.


The Israelites, by the way they evolved, did not have any earthly kings. They had a different history from others. God always fought their battles and delivered them from their enemies through different means. He was the unseen but ever present warrior they had.

Samuel understood that they would suffer under a king and tried to tell them so but they refused. They wanted a King.


They gave the most stupid reason for wanting to have a king. According to them, they wanted to be like other nations around them. They wanted a king that would judge them and lead them to battles.

Prophet Samuel was of course disappointed and warned them as follows;
"This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his hundreds, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants. And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day."

They got their request. During the time of Solomon, they suffered as Solomon used them to build kingdom.

Thus when his son Rehoboam was to ascend the throne, they begged him to lighten their burden thus;

“Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.”


Can we recognize ourselves in this story? Trying to compare yourself to others; trying to do what others are doing even if by our nature and circumstances, we really should not?


You want to read the course others are reading.

You want to buy expensive clothes others are buying so they can respect you and invite you to join their clique. You forget you have children and aged parents.


You want your husband to provide everything like the husbands of others around you do even if you also earn a good salary.


You want to wear what is in vogue.

Everything you do is to imitate others.

Today I say to you, your case is different. If you suddenly find that your husband is not like other men in providing; don’t you think God is aware that is why He gave you THAT job and that vision.

If you suddenly find that as a man you are better in caring for the children and even cooking. Instead of comparing yourself with other men who have hands-on women, why don’t you simply do it? Maybe God knows His daughter (your wife) was weak in this area and brought you to her to assist her.


Make a promise to yourself that from today before you make any decision, you will remember that your case is different and act according to that.


DO YOU THINK I MADE SENSE?

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