Being lazy beasts, alligators seldom hunt for their dinner. They just wait for their unwary victims to come to them.
They lie near the bank with open mouths.
Soon, flies begin to land on their moist tongues, and several other insects also gather there. The alligator remains still.
The crowd of insects soon attracts bigger game. A lizard will crawl up to the alligator to feed on the bugs; then a frog joins the party, and usually even bigger game. Before long a whole menagerie is there.
The lesson for us?
Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 tells us
“There is a way that seems right to a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death”
The crowd likes to party.
The crowd likes to follow the way that seems right to them.
The crowd doesn’t see (or chooses to ignore) the danger.
The crowd is usually on the “broad way” that leads to death.
POPULARITY is NOT the guideline.
“Everyone is doing it” is NOT the guideline.
“There is a way that seems right to a man”
Most people take the ‘easy’ way,
the ‘party’ way,
the ‘life is short: enjoy it’ way.
Man’s way leads to death – eternal death.
On the other hand, the “narrow way” leads to life.
What is that way?
Jesus said – [John 14:6]
“I AM THE WAY, the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father except by Me”
The ‘narrow way’ admits only individuals, one at a time,
but those individuals who walk that road
find that the life He gives is an “abundant life” [John 10:10]
“As for God, His way is perfect . . . And He makes my way perfect”
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes.