There is an Oriental story of a Judge who travelled everywhere carrying a small box. People noticed that the Judge would often look into the box. A visitor one day requested the Judge to reveal the contents of the box and explain why he looked into it so often. The visitor was shocked to see a set of soiled laborers’ clothes in it. The Judge replied “Such was I when the King of this land lifted me from the dust. If ever my heart is tempted with pride, I correct it by looking at these clothes and saying to myself ‘remember who you were before you became a Judge'”.
Constantly looking back in gratitude at the blessings God has given us will help us experience greater blessings from God. It will keep us humble and open up for us new horizons of hope and prosperity.
The Bible speaks of Namaan the Captain of the Syrian army (2Kings 5:1-16).
He was powerful and rich. But he suffered from leprosy. Namaan was directed to meet Prophet Elisha for a healing.
Namaan came and stood at the door of Elisha’s house. But when Elisha sent a messenger to him saying “Go and wash in the Jordan river 7 times, and you will be clean” Hearing this, Namaan was very angry and filled with so much pride, he demanded, “Look, I thought ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and heal me’. Are not other rivers better than all the waters of Israel? May I not wash in them and be clean?” So, Namaan went away in a rage. Namaan’s servants persuaded him to return to the Jordan in humility and dip himself in it.
Namaan then dipped himself 7 times in the Jordan and “his flesh became again as the flesh of a little child and he was clean” Namaan returned in total humility to Elisha and confessed his littleness before God.
God can’t fill a cup that is full. God cannot clothe you with new garments if you do not empty your wardrobes. God cannot fill your treasuries with new things if you don’t empty it often for the poor. God cannot fill you with wisdom if you claim to already have it. God cannot hold your hand and lead you when your hands are clinging to the handles of your seat of power.
“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted”-(Mathew 23:12)