Destructive Pride- Proverbs 16.18

“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” –Proverbs 16:18

Christ Our Pilot by Warner Sallman

Leaning on our own wisdom and judgment might just lead us toward an ice burg and crash senselessly. Man is prone to error and miscalculations no matter how good he thinks he has prepared for the life long travel. If he will insist to be the captain of his own ship, he might end up under the sea of life.

The Pharos of Alexandria in its grandeur and beauty may also symbolize man’s quest for glory and recognition. By nature, man boasts about accomplishments, which sometimes deludes him in thinking that he is self-made or self-sufficient.

In the earthquake of 1303, the towering monument of Ptolemy, the Pharos of Alexandria crumbled to the ground, and never rose again. It only proves that anything that the human hands build is but temporary. Anyone who takes pride on himself might share the same fate.

Keep on steering the wheel of life with confidence as an obedient pilot. Take pride not in the countless successes you gain in your journey but in the wisdom, power, and faithfulness of the Lord Jesus- the Captain of your ship.

In this life, God designs our course and destination and we navigate toward the completion. He does not make the decisions for us but He can guide our decisions through his prompting. He will not drag us down to accomplish His will; He will only show us the vision and the way then He will give us the chance to follow and reap the reward of our obedience. If you we know the Lord, we will recognize His prompting and if we trust Him as the captain of our ship, we will obey.

Faith is neither complacent nor passive. It is not a passenger seat voyage. Faith requires action and participation for everything we do is an act of worshipful obedience.

In this life’s voyage, is Jesus the captain of your ship? Do you follow Him or you still navigate on your own?

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Principle of the Lighthouse- Psalm 27.1

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” –Psalm 27:1

a depiction of the pharos of Alexandria

One of the seven wonders of the ancient world is the Pharos of Alexandria, a tall tower that has approximately measured to about 440 feet high, which has served as a landmark and a lighthouse for seafarers in the island of Alexandria.

Alexander the Great envisioned the lighthouse tower in Alexandria however, after his early demise in 323 BC, his most trusted general Ptolemy, ordered the building of the tower after pronouncing himself as king as a monument for himself. The construction ended sometime between 285 and 247 BC. Traveler Ibn Jubayr who visited the city in 1183 AD described it as: “Description of it falls short, the eyes fail to comprehend it, and words are inadequate, so vast is the spectacle.”

The essential purpose of a lighthouse is to guide seafarers away from rocks, sand bars, shorelines, or coral reefs and other dangerous spots that are not readily visible especially at night time or under a dark sky. The lighthouse can give the warning sign to ships that they are closing in to such places. It can also serve as a landmark so that seafarers would not get lost in their travel.

Life, too, is a distant travel. We need a guiding light so that we can steer away from trouble, hard knocks, and bumps that throw us out of a straight course. The psalmist has sung, “The Lord is my light.” The Lord should be our light as well. He will remove the darkness away and will lead us in the right direction.

We only need to follow our navigational instrument. Seafarers have maps, compass, rulers, radar, sonar, landmarks, and lighthouses in order to have a secure travel. We, have the Bible. The psalmist has sung, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” We do not need to know and see what lies in the future; we only need to follow him in each step of the way.

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Lighthouse of Alexandria