Luke 20 – Whose fool are you?

 

A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately.

A faithful Christian man heard the warning and decided to stay, saying to himself, “I will trust God and if I am in danger, then God will send a divine miracle to save me.”

The neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our car, please come with us!” But the man declined. “I have faith that God will save me.”

As the man stood on his porch watching the water rise up the steps, a man in a canoe paddled by and called to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!” But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.”

The floodwaters rose higher pouring water into his living room and the man had to retreat to the second floor. A police motorboat came by and saw him at the window. “We will come up and rescue you!” they shouted. But the man refused, waving them off saying, “Use your time to save someone else! I have faith that God will save me!”

The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop.

A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. A rescue officer came down the ladder and pleaded with the man, “Grab my hand and I will pull you up!” But the man STILL refused, folding his arms tightly to his body. “No thank you! God will save me!”

Shortly after, the house broke up and the floodwaters swept the man away and he drowned.

When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?”

And God said, “Son, I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a motorboat. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?”

I’ve heard many Christians refuse Godly council and correction simply because they “want to hear it from God directly!”

Pride is a terrible disease that is not to be taken lightly. It is one that will disrupt a healthy relationship between self and others, but most importantly, between self and God. Pride says “I can figure this out on my own. I don’t need you.”, or “You can’t tell me. Who are you?”, or “You think you’re the only one God talks to?”

In Luke chapter 20 we see several examples of how pride prevented supposed Godly leaders from hearing  the truth from the Truth Himself. In Jesus’ parable, they even refused to hear it from the very people they quote and read from in their own scriptures. I believe it’s why they were so greatly offended at His parable. They simply could not be corrected or told they were wrong in their belief or teaching. Even Abraham told the rich man that ‘If they will not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’

An easy exercise in preventing pride from taking hold in your life is to remind yourself each and every day that you don’t have all the answers. Know that there is always someone who knows more than you, and accept the fact that you can (and will be) wrong at times. It’s not something to take personal, but rather to use in bettering yourself as a follower of Christ.

Solomon said “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance…”
That means the wise still need to learn and the understanding still need guidance. No man ever has all the answers, even the wisest man knew that. When a teacher is teachable and the corrector is correctable, then you have a wise man you can follow and obtain guidance from.

The way of the fool seems right in his own eyes, but the wise listen to advise – Proverbs 12:15

If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. – 1 Corinthians 3:18