5555Some years ago there was in Los Angeles a so-called “Human Fly.” It was announced that on a given date he would climb up the face of one of the large department store buildings, and long before the appointed time, thousands of eager spectators were gathered to see him perform the seemingly impossible feat.
5555But slowly and carefully he mounted aloft, now clinging to a window ledge, now to a jutting brick, again to a cornice. Up and up he went, against apparently insurmountable difficulties. At last he was nearing the top. He was seen to feel to right and left and above his head for something firm enough to support his weight, to carry him further. And soon he seemed to spy what looked like a grey bit of stone or discolored brick protruding from the smooth wall. He reached for it, but it was just beyond him. He ventured all on a spring-like movement, grasped the protuberance and, before the horrified eyes of the spectators fell to the ground and was broken to pieces. In his dead hand was found a spider’s web! What he evidently mistook for solid stone or brick turned out to be nothing but a froth!
5555This man met his death because he placed his trust in a spider’s web. Perhaps this was a foolish act, but how often are we like this man because we put our trust in things that are not any better. When it comes to the matter of your eternal destiny, in what are you placing your trust? Is it your good works? The Bible says, “They…weave the spider’s web…Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works” (Isa.59:5,6). We can never be justified in God’s sight by our own deeds because He Himself declares, “There is none that doeth good, no, not one,” and that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom.3:12,23). It was because of our sins that God in love provided the Lord Jesus as the sinbearer, “who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24). The apostle Paul states, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any many should boast” (Eph.2:8,9).
5555Dear friend, have you been trying to obtain peace with God by your own efforts and through your good works? Do not venture your all on a spider’s web and be lost forever, but turn to Christ, the Solid Rock, now and be assured of eternal life.