Have you ever met someone who feels obligated to tell you what do? I don’t mean a teacher or doctor that is instructing you. I mean someone who looks at you and sums you up as someone that needs to hear her advice now. Unsolicited. Everyone loves that, right? It can be irritating, but you don’t have to show up for the lecture. You can just smile and walk away. That person has a problem with pride.
In the bible, the Lord speaks about the King of Tyre. The King’s ego was inflated. He thought that he was a pretty smart guy. Really smart. He looked around at his fortune and thought he was really something to amass such great wealth.
A Prophecy Against the King of Tyre
The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“‘In the pride of your heart
you say, “I am a god;
I sit on the throne of a god
in the heart of the seas.”
But you are a mere mortal and not a god,
though you think you are as wise as a god.
Are you wiser than Daniel?
Is no secret hidden from you?
–Ezekiel 28:1-3 (NIV)
The King of Tyre was so wrapped up in how great he was, that he seemed to forget that he was not a god. He was a mere mortal.
The Lord spoke through the prophet Ezekiel, “Are you wiser than Daniel? Is no secret hidden from you?”.
Daniel was an incredibly faithful servant of God. He was taken from his home at age 15, brought to a new land, and selected to work in the King’s court. Daniel was castrated and his proper Jewish name was changed. Daniel’s faith did not waiver. God let him know deep and hidden things, because Daniel was faithful. Daniel relied on God, not an inflated ego.
The King of Tyre thought all he needed was his superior self. God did not agree.
So, the next time someone feels the need to offer you advice, just smile. Know that God has this one. I take my advice from the Lord, the one who knows deep and hidden things. I let the Lord, who created the universe, guide my steps, not mere mortals.