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Foolish Pride Leading To Death

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6 (NKJV)

Back in 1986, there was a catastrophic collision involving two ships in the Black Sea, just off the coast of Russia. Upon hearing of this type of collision, one would most likely think the weather, or equipment failure would have played a significant role—perhaps poor visibility with fog, or maybe faulty radar, but this was not the case at all.  What actually happened was truly much more of a disaster, because the entire collision, and the loss of lives could have been avoided.  

As it turns out, an investigation showed both vessels' captains knew for 45 minutes that they were on a collision course but ignored warnings.  Both Captains had plenty enough time to make the necessary changes in their coordinates to avoid a potential collision with the other, and yet both chose foolishly to abstain from making the right decision. The result was 398 people lost their physical lives, because of the foolish pride of two men.  

This type of reasoning seems ludicrous and unimaginable, and yet each of us is given the same opportunity to make these types of decisions in our own lives. I am not suggesting we will all be Captains one day of our own ocean liner, but each of us will be given chances to make pivotal decisions, either leading to life or death.  

And when it comes to making these life or death decisions, there is no greater decision to make than whether we will accept God’s invitation to live eternally with Him through faith in Jesus (John 14:6; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9), or to choose to remain spiritually dead for eternity apart from Him. It seems like a simple decision to make, but unfortunately many people suffer from the same type of foolish pride as the Captains of these two ill-fated ships in the Black Sea.  

Such was the case for the Pharisees and Sadducees who pridefully rebuked Jesus when He offered them eternal life.  When confronted with the choice to believe in Jesus for their salvation or stay following a set of rules, and a religion, they chose to stubbornly deny the Christ (John 7:32-53). Their pride would not allow them to submit to God’s only provision for the atonement and forgiveness of their sins, and they foolishly chose to continue to try to earn these things by keeping the law, believing their works were good enough to merit His favor and love.   

Looking back at these horrible decisions through the eyes of history should clearly cause each of us to guard our hearts from foolish pride, and it should steer every one of us in a proper direction to our eternal destiny through the narrow gate known as Jesus Christ.  

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to the scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn with respect to how we are to be saved and have a relationship with God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord, and Savior?  Do you believe that Christ died for your sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures? (Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 15:3-4) 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Acknowledge your sin, and your need for the Savior.  Choose to place your faith in Jesus Christ, in His death upon the cross for the payment of your sin, and in His resurrection from the grave.  

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for sending Your Son to die for my sin. Thank You for loving me so much, and for guiding me through Your word. Help me to share this with those You have laid upon my heart today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

***If you have not accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, but would like to do so, please read the prayer below.  If this is your heart's desire, then pray it earnestly to God and accept Jesus into your heart today and begin the life God has called you to live.  

Prayer For Salvation:  Heavenly Father, I confess I have sinned, and I acknowledge my need to be forgiven of my sins. Please forgive me. I know I cannot earn Your favor or my salvation. I believe You have sent Your Son to die in my place upon the cross, and then You raised Him to life. I place my faith in Jesus Christ and accept Him as my Lord and Savior. Fill me with Your Spirit today and empower me to walk in Your truth and ways. Open my eyes so I may see things in the way You do. Help me to understand and apply Your word as I read it daily. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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