Malcolm Mitchell is probably kicking himself today. The top-returning receiver for the Georgia Bulldogs injured himself in the first game of the season. Actually, he injured himself on the first touchdown play of the year. No, he wasn’t tackled scoring the touchdown; he did not even score on the play. In his exuberance he jumped up to chest bump Todd Gurley who just scored on a 75 yard run, and he landed awkwardly, tearing his ACL. He will miss the remainder of the season. Poor Malcolm. (USA Today)
But, he is not the first to suffer consequences for excessive celebration. In Daniel 5 we are told the story of Belshazzar. He was the king of the Babylonians and to celebrate his rise to power he had all of the gold and silver cups his father, Nebuchadnezzar, had placed in the Jewish Temple removed. He threw a party using them like Red Solo Cups.
A hand started writing on the wall a message that only Daniel was able to read and he told the king that it said, “God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” That very night, Belshazzar died.
God resists the proud and favors the humble. Anytime a person tries to take credit for something he/she did not have anything to do with, bad things can happen. So, be careful how you celebrate what you presume to be your victories. They may just be your defeat.
That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.
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“Georgia Bulldogs Lose WR Malcolm Mitchell to Injury.” USA Today. Gannett, 01 Sept. 2013. Web. 03 Oct. 2013.