Have you ever thought of taking a cruise?
Suppose a travel agent offered you the opportunity to take the cruise of a lifetime — with the following choices:
Shipbuilder: We really don’t know the builder’s technical qualifications, skills or experience. But he seems to be a good man.
Crew: We don’t know anything about the crew’s previous sailing experience, successful voyages, or training — but they appear to be a cut above the average.
Captain: We don’t know much about him either. He seems to be a good man, but we don’t know if he has had any previous experience on any voyage.
Destination: Well, it appears that we are not told exactly where this ship will end its voyage, but we are assured that it won’t be at the bottom of the sea.
Shipbuilder: This ship has been built by a famous shipyard known for its successes in producing great ships with superior engineering.
Crew: The crew is well-trained and very adept — the best the famous cruise line has to offer.
Captain: The captain on this ship is very experienced and is held in high regard — both as a competent administrator and as a great seaman.
Destination: The destination is a great port city —one of the greatest and richest in the world.
Now, which ship will you choose for your voyage of adventure? “Oh,” you say, “that looks fairly easy — an obvious choice.”
Have you made your choice?
If your choice is Ship B, you have plenty of company. Most people, when confronted with these choices, choose Ship B.
Ship B is the H.M.S. Titanic. How well do you like that choice now?
The Titanic was a new ship — supposedly the finest ever made up to the day she sailed. She is famous for sinking on her maiden voyage and for taking over half of her passengers down with her.
Ship A is Noah’s Ark — an even more famous actual historical ship — the much-mocked Ark of Noah.
The Ark’s maiden voyage was successful, despite the ignorance of the builder, captain and crew.
There is one simple reason the Ark was successful: God. The Ark and its voyage were all God’s idea. God ordered it, God designed it, God guaranteed it, and God preserved it.
The Titanic seemed to have everything going for it — except God, and God makes all the difference.
In God’s Word, the Bible, we read the reason why: “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:25). No doubt people laughed at Noah when he built the Ark. But Noah had his instructions from God. He believed God and followed God’s instructions. (See Genesis 6-8.)
Today, people still make choices:
- trusting their own wisdom,
- ignoring God’s warnings of judgment,
- forgetting the lesson of Noah’s Ark,
- and unaware that God says: “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord ...So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:6-9).
“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
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