You’ve heard the phrase, “Leave well enough alone”, right? Well, here in the fourteenth chapter of 2 Kings we have a perfect example of that.
Amaziah, king of Judah kills ten thousand Edomites and thinks he’s pretty hot stuff. So he challenges Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel to battle.
In his answer to the challenge, Jehoash compares himself to a mighty cedar tree, and Amaziah to a thistle. He says, “Listen. You’ve beaten the Edomites and you’re feeling pretty cocky. Be happy with that and stay where you belong. Why stir up a hornet’s nest and bring destruction on you and your nation?”
As is often the case with those who think more highly of themselves than they ought, Amaziah pays no heed to Jehoash’s warning, and he gets trounced. Amaziah is captured, and Jerusalem’s wall is breached. Jehoash takes everything of value from the Temple and Amaziah’s house, plus he takes prisoners.
Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
One of the biggest character flaws is pride. It was the thing that the serpent used to tempt Eve in the garden. “You will be like God!”
Oh Lord. Keep us from pride.