On a visit to Boston, Benjamin Franklin called upon Dr. Mather, whose preaching he listened to when a resident of the town.
The doctor received him cordially, and invited him into his library, where they chatted for some time about books, Philadelphia, and other subjects.
When Benjamin stood to go, the doctor said, “Come this way, and I will show you a nearer way out,” pointing to a narrow passage with a beam crossing it overhead.
They were still talking, the doctor following behind Benjamin, when Mather turned partly about to speak to Franklin. “Stoop! Stoop!” shouted Mather.
Franklin did not understand what he meant, until his head struck the beam overhead with considerable force.
“There,” said Mather, laughing, “you are young, and have the world before you; stoop as you go through it, and you may miss many hard thumps.”
Nearly seventy years later, Franklin wrote as follows:
“This advice, thus beaten into my head, has frequently been of use to me; and I often think of it when I see pride mortified, and misfortunes brought upon people by carrying their heads too high.”
God said to Lucifer, “You were the anointed cherub who covers” (Ezekiel 28:14).
Satan is described as one who “covers” – meaning he had a lot of power, with many things under his oversight. Yet, he was not content to “cover” the many things entrusted to him – he wanted to cover everything! His pride and exaltation drove his thirst for more power, and eventually warred against God, bringing his downfall.
Richard Baxter wrote “Pride is the devil’s sin.”
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center
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