From April 22, 2016
by Pastor Cliff
There is a proverb in the Bible most of us know by heart. It is Proverbs 16:18 – “Pride comes before disaster, and arrogance before a fall.” (Prov. 16:18 CEB)
The Associated Press carried this story about a man who lost hope. The corporate life of Enron had dealt him a tough blow, and in response he committed suicide. Before he ended his earthly life, he wrote this note addressed to his wife. The seven-sentence statement read:
I am so sorry for this. I feel I just can’t go on. I have always tried to do the right thing but where there was once pride now it’s gone. I love you and the children so much. I just can’t be good to you or myself. The pain is overwhelming. Please try to forgive me.
Humility before God keeps us honest and true to ourselves and each other. The spiritual giant, St. Bonaventure, ‘warned’ in an example from the monkey: “The higher it climbs the more you see its behind.” No one stands taller than when kneeling at the cross.
Have a blessed weekend!
Interim Pastor, FBCR