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On April 10, 1912, the Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage with more than 2,200 passengers and crew. None of them knew disaster was just days away and only 705 survivors would return home.

The Titanic’s story could have ended differently had it not been for the assumption that the ship was unsinkable. This reckless confidence led to the decision to put only 20 lifeboats on board, which even fully loaded would hold only 1,178.  For several days other ships radioed the Titanic warning the crew there were icebergs ahead, yet the captain chose to run the ship at full speed. At 11:40 pm, four days after leaving its port, the Titanic took a glancing blow from an iceberg and within three hours sunk to the ocean floor.

Proverbs 14:16 warns us, “The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.” In Acts 27, Paul finds himself a prisoner on a ship about to go to sea. Right before the trip Paul tried to warn the crew that danger was ahead (Acts 27:10), but they ignored his warnings as well as the poor weather, and ended up losing the ship and all of its cargo in a storm.

Every day, we’re faced with countless decisions. Some big, some small. Through the Bible, the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom of fellow believers, the Lord gives us guidance for each choice we make. Think about how you make decisions. Do you use God’s Word as a filter and seek advice from those who are wiser and more experienced? Or do you throw caution to wind and choose whatever feels right?

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