Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Ambition and God

Originally posted on the blog "Honest Investigations" on the 28th October 2010

My latest reading has set me thinking. Probably because I don't see how they connect the Bible verse quoted, Job 28:28, which says that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, with ambition. Having said that, however, I do agree with what the rest of the reading says, which is that there is no room for ambition with God.

Personally, this isn't so much of a problem, as I have never had ambitions. The drive to accomplish and achieve has never become, for me, all-consuming. My parents left me to my choices when I was growing up. Sometimes I had to bear with the consequences of my decisions, but ultimately I've been able to do whatever I've wanted to play with at the time.

But I can see where ambition can become a problem with God. Ambitions are usually all about 'me and what I can do', while people who follow God should think more along the lines of 'what does God want me to do', or 'I make myself available to God in order that He achieves His purposes'. Foreign concepts to most of the world, admittedly. But these are my choice.