What do the Costa Concordia and Titanic have in common?

Hah, “easy,” you say!  They both sank.

True.  But I think more than that, it appears they both had Captains steering them who had way too much pride.  And the book of Proverbs says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (16:18).

The two ships were awesome vessels.  The Titanic was the epitome of cruise ships in its day.  It had winding staircases, chandeliers, orchestras, rich woven carpets…and rich people on board.  All of those people had utter confidence in the ship…it was “unsinkable” according to its builders.

photo from Dover Publications

Rev. Stuart Briscoe said, “My sin is not that I do things wrongly; my sin is that I deny God the right to be God in my life.”  And it is the one sin we all commit and the one we commit over and over without even realizing.  We want to be “Captains of our own souls.”

Pride overcomes us in many ways.  We don’t have to consciously think, “Wow, aren’t I great at this,” in order to be full of pride.  Often it creeps in on cat’s feet and takes captive our mind and blocks out God’s thoughts by substituting our own.

Basically, I would define pride as just that: letting our thoughts control us, believing we have the “right” to think as we please.

Constant vigilance would’ve helped the Captains of the two sunken ships avoid icebergs and coral reefs.  Constant vigilance is what we need to keep God in control of our thoughts and lives…not us.  Instead of telling God how to be God in our lives, we need to listen to His voice as He directs us where to go and where to turn in the course of our living.

The God of Creation has “built” us, and we are eternally unsinkable.  But HE is the “captain of our souls.”  When we deny God control of our lives, we lose control.  Running aground is inevitable.

Please, God, help us value Your ways.  Help our ears to be deaf to our own thoughts, and our eyes open to your vision for us.  And our wills to seek your control.  Keep the sin of pride from our lips and minds.

by Cindy Best

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