Tuesday, March 18, 2014


In a world full of God, how apt we are to forget Him! Living a life each moment of which is sustained by Him, how little we recognize His guardian care! Accomplishing in safety a long ocean voyage, we speak of the soundness of the ship, the completeness of the machinery, the efficiency of the crew, the skill of the captain, and we often lose sight of Him who gave the skill by which the ship was built and is propelled over the stormy, trackless deep. We are "glad because we are quiet," but we often forget that it is He who "brings us to our desired haven." He rules the waves. He holds the winds in His fists. He rides upon the clouds. He directs the storm. He controls those forces of Nature by which in a moment we might be overwhelmed. We could never reach the haven unaided by God. "Without Him we can do nothing."

If this is so in things temporal, we need not wonder it is so in things spiritual. How can the soul safely traverse the ocean of its probationary being? How, amid the winds and waves, the rocks and quicksands of temptation and sin, can our poor, frail, shattered bark reach the harbor of salvation? This is impossible without Him. "By grace we are saved." We are already lost. We are shipwrecked by sin. We are ready to sink. But "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son." Jesus came to save the lost. By the sacrifice of Himself He provided deliverance for all. By Him we receive the pardon of our sins, deliverance from condemnation, and restoration to the favor of God and the hope of heaven.

[Norman Hall] 
Psalm 107:30 ... Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

John 15:5 ...  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Ephesians 2:8 ... For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

John 3:16 ... For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.