“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.” – Proverbs 16:18
The name Titanic was always preceded with the word “unsinkable.” On board, the Captain and others joked, “Even God couldn’t sink the Titanic!” But it will forever serve as one of the twentieth century’s greatest examples of the foolishness of pride.
It was a spring day, April 10, 1912, to be exact, and it seemed that all of Southampton, England, had gathered in one place to celebrate one of the pinnacle accomplishments of man. About 2,200 people had the privilege of a first-hand view, among them some of the wealthiest people in the world. It seemed the whole world was marveling at this awesome accomplishment: eleven stories high, 900 feet long, 46,000 tons. Unsinkable! Yet just five days later, at 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, it was all gone – disappeared – a massive wreckage at the bottom of the sea.
God’s Word says, “Pride goes before a fall, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.” Prideful Titanics sink into destruction, but a good life that is humble before God and man has a better chance to withstand the storms of life.