Know, then, it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stubborn people. Remember, do not forget how you provoked the Lord your God to wrath in the wilderness; from the day that you left the land of Egypt until you arrived at this place, you have been rebellious against the Lord.
Rebellion is the fruit of pride. It's a defiance of authority. It's a deadly mindset that invites ruin. The Bible is filled with stories of heroes plagued by rebels. But before them all was Lucifer, the light-bearer: God's most brilliant and beautiful angel. By rebellion, he became Satan, the adversary: man's most scheming and hideous enemy.
How could Lucifer start a rebellion in Heaven itself? How could 'The seal of perfection... the anointed cherub who covers' (Ezekiel 28:12-14) turn into a traitor, and sway one-third of the heavenly hosts to join him? Answer: He got full of himself. He got empty of God. If it can happen to him, it can happen to us.
Note this description of the angels who joined the mutiny: 'Angels who didn't do their work and left their proper places' (Jude 1:6 CEV), or 'Angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode' (NASB). In other words, the rebelling angels weren't content with their circumstances.*
Neither were the rebelling children of Israel. They weren't content with their manna, their leaders, their jobs or their God. They wanted better food, more power, an easy path and a golden calf. As the adversarial angels were evicted from Heaven, so the adversarial men were evicted from Earth.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'Be content with such things as you have' (Hebrews 13:5). Don't get puffed up by pride, thinking you 'deserve' better, more or easier. Don't get swayed by a golden ticket. 'Who dares despise the day of small things?' (Zechariah 4:10).
'But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you' (Luke 14:10).
'Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith' (1 Peter 5:6-9).
Your humility is a prerequisite for success by the Hand of God. To be content with your circumstances is to show proof of your humility. From my best reading of the Bible, rebellion is not just a success delayer, it prevents it altogether.
To Be Continued...
* Lucifer becomes Satan and why: http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/cgg/ID/486/Lucifers-Rebellion.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Field of Dreams series.