For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:…
There was, some years ago, a shipwreck on the Cornish coast. The wind was blowing an awful gale; no lifeboat was near, but a pilot boat, with a brave crew, put out to rescue the perishing. The ship was on a sand bank, and the pilot boat got alongside her, and as the waves ran higher and higher, the sailors, one after another, sprang from the ship on to the deck of the boat, till there was but one left on the sinking vessel, and just as he was in the act of springing, a tremendous billow struck the ship on her broadside; she heeled over, and the returning wave swept the pilot boat back to a considerable distance. At that moment a scream was heard from the stern of the pilot boat. A hoary-headed man, with tears starting from his eyes, and agony depicted on his countenance, was heard to cry out, "Captain, for God's sake, save my boy I save my boy!" It was his only son who was in the sinking ship. And as his cry rose, there was another voice to meet it; from the sinking vessel there came back a shout clear and strong amidst the tumult of the tempest, "Never mind, father; thank God, I am saved." They were the last words he ever spoke. Another moment the mighty billows swept him away, and his soul was in eternity, in the very bosom of its God. Could you have said what that young man said? Could you have said, "Thank God, I am saved"? Perhaps you say, "No, I could not." Then don't sleep tonight until you can. What! may you have it tonight? Yes, the gift is at your door. "How am I to have it?" Trust Jesus for it. Take that poor weary soul of yours, and lay it in His hand.
(W. Hay Aitken, M. A.)
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