“Be careful when you think you stand, lest you fall.”
1 Corinthians 10:12
We studied chapter 10 of Corinthians last week in Bible study. It’s a chapter with a couple of awesome verses in it. One of them is verse 12 which I’ve had in my life so long that when I say it, it’s in the King James language. (Which means that’s the translation I know from my childhood, not that I was around in King James’ time.)
“Let him that think he standeth take heed, lest he fall.” It’s got a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
And then I got an interesting reminder of the truth of that verse…
We had our traditional Southern California November heat wave the past few days. It’s a little late in November this year, but we hit 90 degrees, as usual. It’s not as oppressive as it is in the summer, but 90 is 90, ya know?
And it means that when I take my son to hockey practice, I have to remind myself to grab my sweatshirt out of the car. I put on my Uggs, and carry my sweatshirt, and sit down in the rink (which is a bit of a walk from the parking garage, and then up a flight of stairs to reach bleachers, and then another flight to reach the last row, where I like to sit). At that point, I can’t imagine that I’m going to be cold enough to need my sweatshirt. Then less than an hour later, I’m putting my sweatshirt on.
It’s just not that far a stretch from “this couldn’t possibly happen” to “it’s happening”. And it’s just too easy for us to think that it ~ whatever it is ~ can’t happen to us.
Verse 12 is a warning. The more confident we are, the less confident we should be.