Wouldn’t it be a foolish thing for someone to lean on a rotten tree on the edge of the Grand Canyon? Few people would be so foolish because everybody knows that a rotten tree cannot withstand too much pressure, and who would risk plunging to the bottom of the canyon? If I were going to lean on something at such a place, I would want to make sure it was solid, and that there would be no possibility of it toppling over, and so would all other sensible people. Yet, in religious matters, many intelligent people seem to lose all logic and common sense.
There are those who risk their souls in man-made institutions and on men’s creeds when Jesus clearly says, “In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matt.15:9). This is a very foolish thing to do, because there is a way that removes all risks. The unchanging word of God is the Rock of Gibraltar that can be depended upon at all times and under all circumstances. The Bible holds the key to eternal salvation. As a beacon on the shore, it can direct our lives in the paths of safety, calling attention to the rocks of wickedness that can shipwreck a life, and warning against the currents of carelessness and indifference that will sweep a soul to eternal destruction.
The Bible is the greatest book that has ever been written. It is given to us by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The greatest men of our time have depended upon the word of God for guidance. For example, George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible...He is worse than an infidel who does not read his Bible and acknowledge his obligation to God."
Studied and obeyed from a heart of love, the Bible will direct the conscientious seeker to that eternal home. Therefore, don’t risk your eternal soul on the works of men. Rather, lean on something that can hold you up!