Pride And Arrogance Come To Ruin

Saturday, August 15, 2020
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Each year on the farm, we would buy day-old chicks — 150 of them. Three large boxes with fifty female chicks in each would be delivered to the farm by a transport truck. The chicks rode in the cab to keep them from getting a chill. For every 50 chicks, the supplier would put in one extra chick. These tiny chicks spent their days under the brooder, except to come out for feed and water. It was very important to make sure that the temperature was warm enough, or they would smother one another trying to get to the heat.

One year, we got two roosters amongst the free ones. One was a beautiful, pure white bird. The other was an absolutely gorgeous bird. Every colour that God had ever put on a rooster was on this second bird.

In the fall, we cleaned and disinfected the henhouse. On a designated evening as it was getting dark, we would catch and carry the young chickens to the henhouse.

Difficulties started to appear in the henhouse. When I went to feed grain and water, Mr. Gorgeous was hard to find. When I looked under the rows of nests, there he was, cowering in the back corner, afraid to come out. I knew that he would die if I did not rescue him from the white rooster, who had made himself "The Boss".

I called Uncle Archie and asked him if he could take this gorgeous rooster to his farm. Absolutely! I caught the rooster using a chicken catcher — a rigid wire with a hook on the end. He went in a box and was transported to his new home.

The white rooster became so mean and arrogant that he would attack anyone going in to feed the chickens and gather eggs. Sadly, it became too dangerous to keep him, so we had to shorten The Boss's lifespan.

Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before destruction, haughtiness before a fall. (NLT)

James 4:6b-7a – God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. So humble yourselves before God. (NLT)

We should have the same attitude as God's Son Jesus, who humbled Himself to die for us on Calvary.

Philippians 2:5-11 – In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NIV 2011)

Do we give the air of knowing it all, or do we help others to feel at ease when they talk to us?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to live our lives as an encouragement to others so that our witness and testimony inspire others to see Christ in our lives. This we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    I’ve had a rooster or two like that myself.

    Great reminder. Thanks and God bless, Ruth!

    Thanks, Ruth. God help us not to be like that rooster!

    This is an interesting message, Ruth. You write well. Much food for thought….
    Blessings on your day today!

    Great story and application Ruth. Roosters can indeed be very bossy!! A friend of mine ordered twenty unsexed chicks this spring. She ended up getting 15 roosters!!! She has been busy trying to find homes or trading for hens with friends. We had such a good laugh over this unexpected experience. When you order unsexed you expect some roosters but 15 out of 20 was a bit much.

    We had a neighbour down the road from our farm we called Pansy Yokum, if you remember Li’l Abner. well she did want children but would order chicks like your family and it turned cold and no heat in the chicken coops so she took all the new chicks to a spare bedroom remember kids were too messy. I think we would have got rid of the white rooster and kept the fancy dresser.

    Hello Ruth,
    I enjoyed your submission. Naturally for the message but also because it took me back to my youth. I remember helping my grandmother with the new chicks and then later having to capture them and take them to the hen house every night until they recognized that was their home.
    Thank you for your devotional

    Dear Ruth,
    Your apt illustration brought home an issue we can each remember, moment by moment. It is so easy to quip lightly bringing discouragement rather than encouragement. To be participating in the “pecking order,” is behavior is of Satan’s domain. Being humble allows us to put God and others first. In another sense, you have brought me the understanding that we can’t praise God when we are tooting our own horn.
    Much appreciation for sharing God’s message. Bless his Name, as you continue to write.

    Thank you, Ruth. I keep my children in prayer all the time and I am careful to bring Jesus up in conversations oh so gently otherwise they hearts close up. I sometimes wonder if I was a good mother for my children are not walking with the Lord. I came to Him later in life and was so wounded when they were young that I did not introduce them to a loving God but a punishing God.
    I come before our Lord humbly and trusting that He hears the prayers of my soul.
    God bless you Ruth and your family,

    Those roosters remind me of a church committee I was once on.
    They dominated every discussion. Finally, the other members gave up. Not the way of Jesus who equated leadership with servanthood.
    Great story!

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