Seek the creator not the creature

According to tradition, this is how an Eskimo hunter kills a wolf. First, the Eskimo coats his knife blade with animal blood and allows it to freeze.

He then adds layer after layer of blood until the blade is completely concealed by the frozen blood.

Next, the hunter fixes his knife in the ground with the blade up. When a wolf follows his sensitive nose to the source of the scent and discovers the bait, he licks it, tasting the fresh frozen blood.

He begins to lick faster, more and more vigorously, lapping the blade until the keen edge is bare.

Feverishly now, harder and harder, the wolf licks the blade in the cold Arctic night

His craving for blood becomes so great that the wolf does not notice the razor-sharp sting of the naked blade on his own tongue.

Nor does he recognise the instant when his insatiable thirst is being satisfied by his own warm blood.

His carnivorous appetite continues to crave more until in the morning light, the wolf is found dead on the snow.

The addiction to power and position can lead one to destroy others and ultimately destroy oneself.

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, King Herod, so addicted to power, was disturbed to hear Jesus being referred to as ‘King of the Jews”. He ordered the massacre of every first-born male child.

Emperor Augustus was so disgusted with Herod’s obsession for power that he said, “I would rather be born as Herod’s pig than his son” because Herod slaughtered even his two sons.

King Herod died an insane man. The population of the world of one obsessed with self and with power is three – I, me and myself.

As Jesus grew up, he guarded himself from addiction to power to such an extent that he never even wanted to own a house.

Jesus said about himself, “Foxes have their holes and birds their nest, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Mathew 8:20).

Mathew the tax collector found there would be greater joy in preaching peace to others than counting money at the tax collectors’ office.

Peter, James, John and Andrew left their fishing nets and boats on the shore and followed Jesus in the peace-preaching mission though their fishing nets and boats would have brought them enough money.

It is impossible to be a God-seeker and a power-seeker at the same time. People get addicted to power because of insecurity or a sense of emptiness within. This insecurity and emptiness begins when we distance ourselves from God.

We often seek after the creature rather than the Creator.

Seek God above all things and you will find peace that the world cannot give and the world cannot take away from you.

When you find Him, you are more powerful than all the world’s powers put together.

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