Today’s Scripture: When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

There was once was a small town where a couple of young boys named Trouble and Get-Lost lived. The two were enjoying a nice warm summer day and decided they would each treat themselves to an ice cream cone. They had a fantastic time until tragedy struck. Trouble’s ice cream fell to the curb. Trouble then reached over, grabbed Get-Lost’s ice cream, and ran away with it. Get-Lost slumped over on the curb and started to cry. A kind police officer saw the boy was upset and approached him.

“What’s your name?” the officer inquired.

“Get-lost,” the boy replied with tears streaming down his face. The policeman asked again only to get the same response.

Beginning to feel disrespected, he asked again. “Boy, I said what’s your name?”

“Get-Lost!” the exasperated little boy exclaimed.

“Young man, are you looking for trouble?” the officer questioned with an equally heightened tone.

“You got that right mister,” replied Get-Lost. Needless to say, the little boy’s day went from bad to worse.
Recently, I finished preaching a series on I Corinthians entitled, “Trouble, Trouble, Trouble.” Although we often look at the Corinthian believers with distaste, I feel we have countless things to learn from them if we are humble and honest enough to examine our own lives for traces of the same problems they struggled with. Within the next few days, I want to summarize how we can spot these troubles in our own lives and make them get lost.

First, we need to identify and eliminate problems like disunity and discord. These issues cause us to doubt the authority that the Lord has placed over us and stem from nothing other than our selfish pride. When the Corinthians allowed this into their church, they slighted Paul, the one who risked everything for them and brought them the gospel in the first place. (I Chorinthians 1:10-17). The solution not to behave as the Corinthians did is to remember that apart from Christ, we are nothing more than piled up dirt. We must be so careful not to make our ministry about ourselves and our own feelings rather than about the Lord. Is there dysfunction, disunity, or discord in your life today? Examine your life, and confess it to Him right now. Only then will you be able to avoid trouble, trouble, trouble!

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.