“Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.” (Psalms 49:20) How true this is? Herod loved his pomp and power yet did not have understanding. Sadly, he died eaten by worms. On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them. And the people were shouting, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last. (Acts 12: 21-23)
Another example is Nebuchadnezzar. He loved his power, glory, majesty and might. His architectural achievement made him think too much of himself. God punished him to be like beast, among the beast of a period of seven years, until he got understanding that God is Sovereign ruler of whole creation. “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30) Before his thoughts became words, a voice from heaven was heard – the judgment. (Daniel 4:30-33)
1) Appreciate and Value life: When a person does not appreciate, value and be grateful for his life that God bestowed him; is like a person who degrades himself like a beast.
2) Purpose of life: All good gifts that is within our power belongs to God and have bestowed on to us for a short time, to test us. Are we doing good with those resources and find our life’s purpose?
3) Intention of life: God has created us to glorify Him. It is not for self-glory. Stealing his glory is grave sin that could invite immediate punishment as that was given to Herod. (Isaiah 42:8)
4) Life beyond: Glorious Eternal life is more important than pompous life on planet earth. For short glory, people lose eternal glory.
Am I a person of understanding or vain pomp?