They didn’t need to die. If those refugees in the dinghy had only listened to their rescuers it could have turned out differently. But, instead, they decided for themselves what to do. Panic ensued. People were trampled and drowned. Heartbreaking, because no one needed to die. If only they had listened… (More about this below).
This world is a dinghy. God has launched a rescue. We would do well to listen to His instructions. When, instead, we make our own rules, when we decide for ourselves what works best, what’s right or wrong, eventually things go badly. Because we don’t have the knowledge or wisdom of our “Rescuer.” Too late, what seems good to us proves unsustainable. What we planned as a party deteriorates into panic. We mean well, but people die.
What causes fighting, rioting, terrorism and war? How about starvation and disease? Why have so many lost hope? It’s not that God hasn’t told us how to live. He has given us standards of righteousness and justice, love, compassion and humility. But we know better. By our own ideas, we chase after life and find death, both physical and spiritual.
Here’s a word for us all, for Supreme Court Justices and grocery store baggers. For kings and cab drivers alike, For world leaders and local waiters. Listen! God warned us, saying:
“…They have chosen their own ways, and their souls delight in their abominations; so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring upon them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.” (Isaiah 66:3b-4)
When troubles come, frequently people bemoan the loss of the standards of humanity. But that’s not it; it’s a loss of godliness. We do better when we listen to the Manufacturer’s instructions.