The danger of thinking you know everything and not knowing when your cup needs emptying
“The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, You who live in the clefts of [a]the rock, In the loftiness of your dwelling place, Who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to earth?’ Obadiah 1:3 (NASB)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Have you ever been engaged in what was supposed to be a helpful conversation that you didn’t ask for and it came in the middle of the night?
The conversation was supposed to encourage, uplift and give some guided instructions, but what transpired was a migraine headache, two swollen eyes, a septic ulcer and a sleepless night for you.
I’ve been around a few intoxicated people in my life time and I have in my past been known to consume a few myself. Believe you me that when I say I know when my cup is full.
I’ve heard and read of animals that will truly eat themselves to death, all the sense in the world and yet they will consume themselves.
What would cause someone to behave in such a manner as to not be able to listen, think, and walk away with some type of rational understanding? I know that there are a number of sufficient answers to this question, however, the three common best answers are and not necessarily in this order: drugs/alcohol, mental illness and the person is full of his/her stuff; speaking very politely.
One might say that this person is a cognoscenti in the field of superior dumbnafobia and self-grandiose. They are so full of themselves and honestly believe that know any and every thing.
Another way of saying this is that their cup is too full to put any good thing in it. It’s the complete opposite of what is stated in Psalms23:5 (KJV) Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Trying to help, lead or impart some needed instructions to a person who’s cup is full is like trying to hold on to a flame; you get burned every time.
My daddy use to say in a kidding, joking serious kinda way, “I give you too much credit, you are dumber than I thought you were.” That usually came after several attempts at him trying to tell me something and I would unequivocally have a rebuttal for everything he said until I got up from the ground once with a humming in my ears and birds chirping over my head and him standing over me saying –“you alright.”
People with full cups can’t take anything in whether they want to or not, it’s impossible. The only way that a full cup can receive a little is for it to be emptied of some of its content.
“Dear God thank you for allowing me to come to You like an “empty vessel to a full fountain with no merit of my own.” To leave refreshed, content and spiritually wholesome. In Jesus name amen.”
GOD WANTS US LIKE AN EMPTY CUP SO HE CAN FILL US WITH HIM; HE IS LOVE.