April 23, 2011
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
In the last months I've seen many articles asking whether animals can communicate with each other.
It seems serious work is being done in our nation's universities trying to find the answer to just that question. And while I'm certainly not qualified to make a decision or even have an opinion on the subject, I am qualified to share a story that has been given to me by a pastor who wishes to remain nameless.
My friend says he overheard one whale saying to his mate: "Dear, you'd better watch out. When you get to the water's surface and you start to blow, that's when you're most likely to find yourself getting harpooned!"
Isn't that the truth?
Most of us would find it so in our lives. Every time we think we know something, every time we start tooting our own horns, every time we think we have something to be proud of, somebody out there harpoons us.
Indeed, somebody always seems to be there to point out that we don't know as much as we think we do. There's always someone to point out our horn tooting is off key, and we really have no right to be that proud.
This is why I've hopefully learned to stop blowing off about myself and start talking about God instead.
There are not enough wonderful adjectives in the language to describe God who loves us and has saved us.
From now on when we boast, it shouldn't be about ourselves; it will be in the magnificent things the Lord has done.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Lord, help us to focus on what You have done instead of what we think we can do. This opportunity I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries