EMBARRASSED BY PRIDE
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Embarrassed by Pride
A heavily booked commercial flight out of Denver was canceled. One single agent was rebooking a long line of inconvenienced travelers.
Suddenly an angry passenger pushed his way to the front and slapped his ticket down on the counter. He demanded, "I have to be on this flight and it has to be first class!"
"I’m sorry, sir," the agent replied. "I’ll be happy to help you, but I have to take care of these folks first."
The passenger was unimpressed. "Do you have any idea who I am?" he ordered in a voice loud enough for the passengers behind him to hear.
Without hesitation, the agent smiled and picked up her public-address microphone. "May I have your attention, please?" she broadcast throughout the terminal. "We have a passenger here at the gate who does not know who he is. If anyone can help him find his identity, please come to the gate."
As the man slithered out of the area, the people in the terminal burst into applause.
Proverbs talks a lot about pride and its tendency to cause self-destruction.
Proverbs 14:3 speaks loudly to the big mouth in our story:
“A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.”
Proverbs 16:18 points out more, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
The Bible tells us about some self-absorbed narcissists whose pride led to their own demise.
When Saul was anointed King of Israel, he was a great man with a humble attitude. God was with him and he was led the Israelites through great victories. However, the more God gave him victory, the more pride developed in him. He eventually forgot that everything he had achieved was because of God’s work in him. He eventually determined that he didn’t need God to make him great. This is why he disobeyed the Lord’s command and lost God’s presence in his life. Along the way, he would feel threatened by God’s presence in the life of David when the Lord chose him to be Saul’s replacement.
For the rest of his life Saul lived in misery because he felt entitled and yet was not receiving the blessing of the Lord. His arrogance and self-centered attitude made him jealous of the popularity and success of the young musician who had been his personal comforter.
When we become egotistical and self-absorbed we begin to make mistakes that will embarrass and humiliate us, leaving us in a spiritual cesspool of frustration, much like the entitled man in our opening story and the life of Saul. Jesus taught and exemplified humility in a powerful way. It is necessary that we put others first and leave it to God to do the back patting for jobs well done and lives well-lived.
This Sunday Josh will step into the pulpit and bring the next segment from our series of sermon series, “When God Builds a King” How a lowly shepherd became a great King with a message titled, Hope When Desperate and Hungry based on 1 Samuel 21. Please join us for a great challenge.
Leaning on Jesus,