Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“Which Came First – The Chicken Or The Egg?”
Have you ever met self-made “geniuses” who will even try to impress you that they are even smarter than God?
While out in a public place one day, I overheard this man ask that question to another person. Sensing his spirit of pride, I interjected my humble but unexpected answer.
“According to the Bible, in Genesis chapter 1, God created all the animals. So obviously the hen and the rooster came first because they were both needed in order to produce eggs.”
I am always seeking for a way of introduction into any conversation or to start a new conversation whenever I am in a line at the post office, supermarket, bank or the Department of Motor Vehicles. There are so many wonderful ways to share Christ and The Word of God.
“Interesting,” said the man with the spirit of pride. “But I have another question: If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a noise?”
Immediately, I recognized the arrogant spirit of pride that I was facing as The Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance a verse from The New Testament.
In 2nd Timothy 2:23 NIV, The Apostle Paul said, “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid questions or arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”
Ignorant here does not mean uneducated. The word “foolish, ignorant, stupid or unlearned” here simply means “TRIFLING,” or that which does not lead to edification. Moreover, it reveals those that are arrogant and filled with pride.
Preaching, teaching, witnessing or giving godly counsel is The Lord’s method of sharing and dealing with those in sin, unbelief and error. The same God, who gives truth by His grace, can open up hearts to acknowledge and receive it unless that individual is dead set in his ways to rebel against it. However, quarreling or arguing is not God’s way for it will only lead to counteractive results and continued fighting.
Nothing can be more emphatic than The Apostle Paul’s warnings against foolish and silly questions and controversies in this realm as he gives instructions that such ought to be avoided, publicly and privately. Foolish questions are only aimed at breaking your peace and are a further attempt to hinder the progress of your sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Greeks and the Hebrews were greatly given to controversies of various kinds, and many of the questions discussed pertained to points that could not be settled or were of no importance. Such are to be avoided.
Those that are caught up in themselves are a snare because they belong to the devil and are a slave to him through the spirit of pride.
I encourage you to continue to share and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ but don’t allow yourself to be “side-tracked” by foolish, argumentative or trifling questions straight from the pit of darkness. Shake the dust off your feet and move on to speak to others about our wonderful Savior and Lord.
HAVE FAITH IN GOD!