“O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.” Jer. 10:23
One of the biggest obstacles to accepting truth is man’s prideful tendency to assume that he is always right.
A wealthy man had a large painting of the leaning tower of Pisa prominently displayed on a wall. But nearly every morning he noticed that it was hanging crooked. He eventually found out that his maid was adjusting the frame to “straighten” the tower. Many people attempt to do the same with God’s word. If they encounter something that does not match up with their lives or beliefs, they try to twist God’s word to harmonize with their beliefs, as opposed to adjusting their beliefs to conform to the truth.
Some years ago a man in Oklahoma ordered an expensive barometer. After receiving it, he noticed that the gauge on the barometer indicated severe storms, although the weather outside was beautiful. Believing it to be defective, he packed it up, intending to return it to the manufacturer. Late that day, severe storms moved in, producing a tornado that damaged many homes in his neighborhood. In a similar way, the Bible warns that the world will be destroyed by fire without warning – 2 Pet. 3:10. Yet millions of people firmly believe the world will go on forever.
In a more tragic case, a woman got up in the middle of the night to get her husband some sleeping pills. In the dark she got the wrong bottle and gave him strong antibiotics, to which he was allergic. The next morning he was rushed to the hospital, but pronounced dead upon arrival. His wife was inconsolable and refused to believe that he was dead. It was only after the drug mix-up was discovered that she accepted his death as reality. Many people today trust their feelings to get them to heaven. Even when they are shown that they are living in contradiction to the scriptures, some refuse to believe that they are lost. This is the most tragic mistake possible.
ALL of us can be wrong at times. Admitting this that will help us to keep an open mind as we read and heed God’s inspired word – 2 Tim 3:16-17.
Jesus, always Jesus!