More Dreaded Than Wild Beasts

Years ago, a man was traveling on a dinner flight. When he opened his prepackaged meal, right on top of the salad, he saw a large roach.

When he got home, he wrote an indignant letter to the president of the airliner.

A few days later, a special delivery, apologetic letter, came from the president:

“This was very unusual, but don’t worry. I want to assure you that that particular airplane has been completely fumigated. In fact, all the seats and the upholstery have been stripped out. We have taken disciplinary action against the attendant who served you that meal, and he may even be fired. It is highly probable that this particular aircraft will be taken out of service. I can assure you that it will never happen again. And I trust you will continue to fly with us.”

Well, the man was very impressed by such a letter, until he noticed something.

Quite by accident the letter he had written had stuck to the back of the president’s letter.

When he looked at his own letter, he saw a note at the bottom that said,

“Reply with the regular roach letter.”

David wrote, “The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies” (Psalm 58:3).

Matthew Henry expressed, “Those that make a lie their refuge, will find it a refuge of lies. ‘He who speaks lies will perish’ (Proverbs 19:9). Nothing makes us more like the Devil than this, for he was a liar from the beginning (John 8:44). How earnestly we should pray, ‘Remove from me the way of lying’ (Proverbs 119:9).”

When Aristotle was asked what a man could gain by telling a falsehood, he replied, “Never to be credited when he speaks the truth.”

“Deceitful men are more to be dreaded than wild beasts: it were better to be shut up in a pit with serpents than to be compelled to live with liars.” - C.H. Spurgeon in The Treasury of David.

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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