Today is both Palm Sunday and April Fool’s Day. There is a sermon I have in mind that draws the two together. I don’t remember exactly where I heard or read it but it concerns what has come to be known as Jesus’ “triumphant entry” on the first Palm Sunday long ago. The question eventually gets asked, “Do you think the donkey that carried Jesus up to Jerusalem that day thought all the cheering and excitement was about him?” The conclusion drawn in the sermon was how incredibly foolish the donkey would have been to think the praise and adoration was for him instead of the one who rode upon his back. The point made concerned the dangers of pride and our need for humility.
When Rob and I were at Red Rock Canyon in Nevada a few days ago we saw and photographed the three wild burros you see here. I told him that day about the sermon I had heard. We discussed how we humans often get ourselves in trouble because of our pride and how we should practice humility. A donkey would never think it was all about him but we humans often do. This flaw usually proves to be our downfall, confirming the biblical admonition, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)
One area where I see much human pride these days concerns Creation. It seems like so many people think the earth belongs to us and it is ours to do with as we please. They may think this but the Bible clearly states, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1) How arrogant, how foolish, for us to think the world exists for us! The apostle Paul echoed the Psalmist’s thoughts when he wrote concerning Jesus, “all things were created by him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16) Creation exists for God’s glory, not ours. To think otherwise would be just like the donkey Jesus rode believing the cheers were all for him.
Psalm 14:1 declares, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” According to statistics there are not a very high percentage of people who actually deny the existence of God. There are, however, a large percentage of people who live as though there is no God or who get confused and think they are Him. In the end, the biggest fool is the person who refuses to give God the glory He deserves. Unfortunately, I have been that person more times than I can count. Perhaps you are guilty too. Both the Bible and God’s “other book” (Creation) teach us that God deserves all the praise and honor and glory we can give Him. At the beginning of this Holy Week I encourage you to join me in striving to give God the glory He is due. If we fail to do so, what fools we will be!