Weekday devotionals for Christians

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Proverbs 14:11-12
(11)  The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
(12)  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

For skiing enthusiasts there are few places that top the rugged Cascade Mountains in Washington state. For “extreme skiers” who look for the most remote and steep locations, one of the best places to ski is the Stevens Pass on Cowboy Mountain. Just outside that ski park is a place known as Tunnel Creek. Though it is not maintained by the ski resort, it is known for deep snow that is perfect for skiing-and avalanches.

In February of 2012 more than a dozen world class skiers gathered for and excursion down Tunnel Creek. The trip ended in disaster as nearly 3 feet of newly fallen snow combined with temperature changes created a deadly avalanche. Three of the skiers-professionals who had spent much of their lives on the slopes-perished in the massive snow slide. The wife of one of the victims asked him that morning if the excursion was safe. She later said, “He looked me right in the eye and said: ‘Of course, I wouldn’t be going if it weren’t.” They thought that what they were doing was safe, but they were tragically and fatally wrong.

Human wisdom and understanding is fallible. Studies have shown that people routinely underestimate dangers and overestimate their abilities to cope them them. Thisis true in all aspects of life, but it is especially true in the spiritual realm. The prophet Jeremiah put it this way: “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”  (Jeremiah 10:23) God has given us a perfect and inerrant guide-His Word. Rather than relying on how things look and feel to us, we should truest and follow His precepts.

May 18, 2020 - Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church, Wisdom

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