The Pecking Order

February 20

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 into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. Proverbs 6:16-19, NIV.

Andy tramped back to the farmhouse with an injured chicken in his arms. He couldn’t believe it. His hens had been at it again-trying to peck out each other’s eyes. The birds would strut about the hen yard looking for trouble-daring each other to challenge their authority. Pride was destroy­ing his flock. They definitely had a severe “I” problem. Somehow he’d have to put a stop to it. But how do you force chickens to get along with one another? There must be an answer, he thought. But then, some folk seem to have the same “I” trouble.

That’s how the first spectacles for chickens were invented-a simple but extraordinary invention designed to correct the chickens’ “I” trouble. The spectacles were not designed to improve the chicken’s eyesight, but as a protector that blurred the chicken’s vision so that the bird couldn’t see the other chickens and, likewise, they couldn’t see it. Hence, they wouldn’t feel threatened by another hen’s presence and want to fight. In 1903 Andrew Jackson, Jr., was granted a patent for his invention. While his invention worked well, it never became popular.

In the next 15 years, in Munich, Germany, instead of Munich, Tennessee, people prepared for war, a war inspired by pride- “I” trouble-just like in the case of Jackson’s chickens. Many people died. Too bad Mr. Jackson didn’t design spectacles that would cure humans’ “I” trouble.

Troublemakers-prideful, hateful troublemakers. That’s what God despises. That’s pretty strong language. Can you understand why? Have you ever been hurt by someone trying to get even or get ahead? Have you ever met people who need a pair of Jackson’s spectacles? Have you ever needed a pair yourself? I have.

Over two hundred two years ago, the first U.S. patent was issued. Yet God had the cure for pride long before. And His miracle process still works. God will cure your “I” problem if you ask Him to.

Go For The Gold Devotional - Kay Rizzo