Idiots catching flies?
Spurgeon, "Hope, Yet No Hope. No Hope, Yet Hope"
Most people are not seeking to escape from the
wrath to come- they are busy in worldly things
while hell is near them. They are like idiots
catching flies on board a ship which is in the
very act of sinking!
We see many people busy about their bodies,
decorating themselves, when their soul is in ruin.
They are like a man painting the front door,
when the house is in flames!
Men are in a restless pursuit after satisfaction in earthly things.
They will hunt the purlieus of wealth, they will travel
the pathways of fame, they will dig into the mines
of knowledge, they will exhaust themselves in the
deceitful delights of sin, and, finding them all to
be vanity and emptiness, they will become very
perplexed and disappointed.
But they will still continue their fruitless search.
Though wearied, they still stagger forward under the
influence of spiritual madness, and though there is
no result to be reached except that of everlasting
disappointment, yet they press forward with much ardor.
Living for today is enough for them-- that they are
still alive, that they possess present comforts and
present enjoyments, this contents the many.
As for the future, they say, "Let it take care of itself."
As for eternity, they leave others to care for its
realities; the present life is enough for them.
Their motto is, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."
They have no forethought for their eternal state;
the present hour absorbs them.
Carnal minds pursue with all their might earth's vanities,
and when they are wearied in their pursuit they but change
their direction, and continue the idle chase.
They turn to another and another of earth's broken
cisterns, hoping to find water where not a drop was
ever discovered yet.