A Fool’s Errand

by Mar 15, 2014Devotional2 comments

Proverbs 28:26 He that trusts in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walks wisely, he shall be delivered.      
      As the ship was tied up to dockside in Tangier, it became clear that we were not only miles from home, but also centuries from our time. Dark and weathered dock workers dressed in caftans and single-loop sandals were tying the ship to the dock. Some of these old crusty men had fez hats, and others wore colourful customary beanie caps. 
      Livestock of all sorts were being lowered by archaic winches, pulleys, and tackle. Old carts, drawn by beasts of burden hauling away large baled bundles of goat skins. Gurgling sounds came from the protesting camels, as they were led away carrying their loads of exotic goods. 
      The heat fermented an aroma that ponged as it attacked the nostrils to the point of nausea. Gangplanks were drawn for foot passengers to carefully make their way down to the old dock. As we walked off the passenger ramp, our passports were stamped and visas issued by the sweaty men in worn-out customs uniforms that dated back to the second world war. 
      It was a scene from “The Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb.” and there we were, traveling Morocco, looking for spiritual enlightenment. In 1971 my friend and I were eighteen years old and traveling throughout Europe and Morocco. Many of my contemporaries were doing the same and traveling as far as the Middle East and India. So many travelers at the time were looking for spiritual enlightenment, but most of them came home disillusioned and suffering from dysentery: 2 Tim. 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
      Many people, then and now, are looking for God on their own terms. They want a God that they can control and, therefore, write the rules to their own lives. Isa. 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men. 

      When thing go wrong, like a shooting in a school, these same people are normally the first to complain about the Godlessness exhibited in the Country today. Yet, they are the ones who wrote the new gospel of trusting in our own hearts (this is my truth, and that is your truth) and the result manifesting as a group of fools wondering why the God of eternity does not do something. Hag. 1:9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.
      We, as a solipsistic society, will rationalize and spin anything to our own heart’s belief and desire, even when we know it is not true. 
We have been led to believe that trusting in our own hearts (our own manifesto) is the way to accomplishing our dreams, but many have found their personal nightmares instead: Lam. 5:15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. from investing in a scam that first appeared the best deal of the century, to marrying the wrong person who turned out to be a wife-beater. 
      What went wrong? We were trusting in the selfishness of our hearts and not the Spirit of God’s guiding of our hearts by His word. Jer. 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it.
      A heart that is not owned or occupied by the Lord can be deceived and can be led astray because there is no confidence of heart or understanding of God’s wisdom. We need, by faith to believe that God’s will and purpose in our hearts is a good thing. Eze. 11:19a And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. 

      If we are having a hard time believing that God’s thoughts toward us are pure and of blessing, then it will be difficult gaining the confidence we need in God to live our lives in this precarious world. John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. Jesus said He was the only way to God. 
      I would rather trust Jesus then my own heart’s patch-work of syncretism trying to make everything fit to my liking. This fallacy of belief will eventually lead to disillusionment and dare I say it. “Spiritual dysentery.” There are already too many winds of doctrine that lead people astray without adding to them. I am content to be in the Lord’s hands, being led and loved along the way. Sng. 2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.


  1. sirnorm1

    Thank you Larry. As you know those were the best of times and the worst of times, but God was faithful and save us both. Please hug Fran. Blessings.

  2. Larry Carruthers

    Good one Norm, great intro/analogy and wise words of the times.


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