Sometimes we’re little like Macbeth. If you know anything about the works of William Shakespeare, you know that Macbeth was an overly ambitious character. In fact, he was so ambitious that it killed him. He wanted so much to be king that he resorted to murder. And he paid for it with his life.
How are we like that tragic character? We let our ambition cloud our thinking. We forget who is really in control. On, we don’t use Macbethian methods to achieve our goal, but we do allow our ambition to bypass the sovereignty of God. Instead of leaving matters in His hands, we take them into our own.
Another example of misplaced ambition is found the conversation James and John had with Jesus in Mark 10. Their personal goal was to sit in the positions of greatest prestige and power in the kingdom. And they weren’t content to wait and see if Jesus would bestow that honor on them through His own choice; they boldly requested it. They had too much ambition to leave the whole matter in His hands.
There’s nothing wrong with ambition. But when it so consumes us that we can’t wait for God, we too display unfaithfulness as the disciples did.
You can rely on the Lord to help you see the fulfillment of your desires. – J. David Branon.
Lord, grant us now the grace to wait,
To trust alone in You,
Lest we set goals outside Your will
That we with zeal pursue. – Anon.
When you’re ambitious for the Lord, be cautious about your motives.
- June 22, 1990, Our Daily Bread