The final chapter of 1 Kings tells us that at Ezion-geber, on the Red Sea, Jehoshaphat built his ships. Long and at last his fleet was prepared. With the sound of trumpets, the unfurling of banners, and the benediction of royalty, the anchors were lifted, the sails were set, and the fleet sailed down the Red Sea, bound for far-off Ophir in search of wealth. But the ships did not sail!
A storm arose, driving them onto the treacherous rocks and banks of the Red Sea. When the night had passed and the morning dawned, the proud fleet lay broken and scattered on the rocks — a tangled mass of wood and rigging.
Those who had proudly sailed on the ships a day before rested buried in the depths of the sea. The Scripture simply says, “They went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber” (1 Kings 22:48).
Many hopes and strenuous efforts find their epitaph in this saying. Too often this is the final sentence in the story of a soul’s adventure. The keels are laid, the ships constructed, the seas charted, the anchors lifted, and the sails unfurled, but the ships do not sail! Unprofitable toil ends in a life of utter futility!
Unprofitable toil will lead to a reversion of your previous life style. Because of our preoccupation with other things and the numbing effects of sin, we will become insensitive to Christ. Left unchecked, we will miss the bountiful opportunities for God’s blessings. Left unchecked, your influence on others will have a detrimental effect on them and may inhibit their spiritual growth.
Thankfully, the solution to unprofitable toils can be found in Jesus.
The gracious invitation of Christ to man is impartial and is still available and it will meet your deepest need. No one who truly gives his or her life to Christ will ever be the same, for the promise of His Word is true: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:17-18). Open your life to Christ today.