#237 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Proverbs 29: 23 Pride brings a person low,
but the lowly in spirit gain honor.
24 The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies; they are put under oath and dare not testify.
“I am the greatest…” Muhammad Ali formerly Cassius Clay shocked the world when he uttered these words at the weigh-in for his momentous bout with Sonny Liston. He then went on to prove his claim over the next several matches all widely watched and cheered. Perhaps he was the greatest boxer of all time. As age came upon him his health declined until he appeared as a rather tragic figure to many people.
The thrust of his statement has emboldened may people of dubious skill to take the same approach to intimidate and disorient opponents and competitors in many fields of endeavor. Narcissism is a tragic flaw in human character and pretentiousness follows in its wake. Sadly this attitude having been validated before our very eyes has become the norm in an age of “selfies” social media, and hyperbole.
As far as complicity in criminal activity goes “partners in crime” rarely seem to last. The potential for betrayal is, unfortunately yet another consequence of inbred sin. When the survival instinct of a criminal takes over the partnership is usually doomed and in the most extreme circumstances the removal of partners becomes the most “expedient” outcome.
Once again we must look from above and beyond to understand the pathetic misery of the soul without Jesus. Doomed to plot and plan, scheme and lie all to no avail. Consider your life. Are you overly prideful? Have you fallen in with bad companions? Call on the name of Jesus today.