Luke 18:14, 14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
In the book of Esther chapter 1 we read that King Xerxes held a grand banquet in his kingdom of Susa. In the banquet he had invited many military leaders of Persia and Media, the princes, and the nobles of the provinces. The banquet was held for seven days. On the seventh day, when the king was in drunken stupor, he asked the seven eunuchs who served him—Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar and Karkas to bring before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at. Queen Vashti was very beautiful. She did not accept the orders issued by the king. This infuriated the king. He took advice from his experts in law and justice about what action should be taken against the Queen. They said that the queen should be expelled from his presence forever and a new queen be placed on her position.
Esther 1:4 onward, we read that King Xerxes intended to exhibit Queen Vashti just as he exhibited his wealth and splendor. The description of his wealth and the banquet laid for the people are witness to his pride. He wanted to show off his queen also just like a property and not respect for her as a person. Queen Vashti violated the royal order, humiliated the king before the nobles and his subjects. He was undressed of his ego and pride here.
Queen Vashti too had organised a banquet for the women. The royal orders must have reached her when she was enjoying her time with her womenfolk. She did not obey the royal traditions nor abide by duties as wife and queen. She could have atleast send a letter to the king through one of the eunuchs. She didn’t do that also. She did not only violate the royal orders but also quiet upon it. As a result, her vainglory goes for a fall, she is stripped of her ego and pride. She lost the position as a queen.
In the book of Daniel 4:30, 30 he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”, we see that King Nebuchadnezzar say these words in his pride. Even before he completes his words the Lord says,
31 Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. 32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.”
33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird. His pride goes for a fall.
From the above given three people, we can learn a lesson. One day or the other we would be stripped of our pride. We should remember that the wealth and fame on this earth is fleeting and momentary, and a gift from God.
Luke 12: 16-21,16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Who can say that the source of life will say no to giving us new life??
Today in families, pride is killing the bond and connection between members. We today prefer to be showpieces or exhibits. To fulfill this egoistical desire, we borrow money to get things we might not need just to show them off. Jesus taught the lesson of humility to His disciples. He washed the feet of His disciples after walking for miles and even dried them. That is not what is expected of us. Life of humility and a humble personality attracts everyone. Humility/meekness is not weakness rather a strength and a step to victory. The thought of “I” in a person kills all the other virtues in him/her.
The virgin girl who was selected to be the mother of the Saviour of the world calls herself a servant of the Lord , Luke 1:48, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,…The result of her humility is that the world today worships her as the Blessed mother of Christ.
Proverbs 21:24, 24 The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name—behaves with insolent fury.
Isaiah 2:12, The Lord Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled)