The lofty looks of a man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted. Isaiah 2:11 (KJV)
A number of years ago, I went to visit my old Aunt who had become chronically ill. I’d taken to visiting her regularly to read the Bible to her, because her eyesight was failing. We’d been reading the book of Isaiah during my last few visits, but on this particular visit, she interrupted me at the above verse, and related this story to me. In the back room of the local news agency, a woman who worked there was sweeping and generally tidying and dusting the room where all the newspapers and magazines were sorted early in the mornings. Two boys, Mike and Caleb, waited to be interviewed for the job, which Mr. Fletchly had advertised in the shop window. Mike, a well- known loner, wore designer clothes, seemed to do everything casually, with little effort, and boasted that he achieved top marks in most subjects at school. He wanted to earn money for materials for his science projects and experiments. He’d let it be known around the town, that the paper route job would be a breeze for him. Mike was serious and silent, except for the impatient non-stop tapping of his foot. Caleb, a few months younger than Mike, currently dressed mostly in hand-downs, and whatever his family managed to afford from the thrift shop. He needed to concentrate much in class, do heaps of homework after school to achieve good marks. But active games and making friends came easily to Caleb. He’d been praying for any kind of paying work so he could help with the family finances, which had greatly reduced since his father had lost his job. In fact, Caleb had prayed so repeatedly that he felt he was nagging the Lord for work. He believed God had something somewhere for him. Caleb saw Mike’s constant tapping foot. “I think you’ll do all right, Mike,” he said. “Anyway, all the best. Maybe we could wait for each other—have a coke afterwards?” Mike stood up, stiff and board-like. His face reddened. He shoved his hands deep into his pockets and shrugged without answering. He appeared to despise Caleb’s generous encouragement and good sportsmanship. When Mr. Fletchly, called Caleb in first, Mike visibly fumed, looked hot and huffy. He spent the next 30 minutes scowling and pacing the room, There were actually two jobs going; one was wrapping and addressing the newspapers and the other was the delivery route. So it was possible both boys could have jobs. Unfortunately, just a few minutes after going in, Mike, white-faced and obviously shocked, came out of Mr. Fletchly’s office, and trudged sulkily out of the shop. Sadly, even though he had the ability to do either of the jobs on offer, Mike’s haughty, churned-up jealous feelings toward Caleb had badly affected his conduct towards Mr. Fletchly, so he wasn’t given a job at all, and missed this opportunity to earn the extra money he wanted. “Looks like you get both jobs, Caleb,” said Mr. Fletchly. “Think you can handle that through the school holidays?” Caleb nodded, gratefully. “Yes, please. Thanks, Mr. Fletchly.” My Aunt tapped the Bible with a thin frail finger, and said, “That very morning I’d read that scripture as part of my daily reading. I literally saw the result of Mike’s haughty, jealous, angry attitude happen right before my eyes: I was the woman with the sweeping brush. I always remember those two boys whenever I sense a haughty, prideful, or jealous attitude in myself or in others. It always reminds me God means what He says in His Word.” God’s Word also tells us in Proverbs 6:16-18 “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: Haughty eyes, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked schemes, Feet that are quick to rush to evil, A false witness who pours out lies, And a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. To know God, we need to learn from His Word what He hates and what He loves. To know God’s Will and God’s Ways, we need to know His Word.
Our Loving Lord, please help us by Your Holy Spirit to receive fresh revelations about You, Your Ways and Your Will as we carefully read and absorb Your WORD each day. In Jesus' all Powerful Name I pray. Amen and Amen.
By Rosemary ( Australia )