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The Ferryman


A few months ago, I had to take a sea crossing to Scotland. It was one of those stormy days, when being on board a ferry is really the last place you would want to be! You have to believe that the captain and crew know exactly what they are doing.

Still, when it comes to braving the storms of life, there are many people who prefer to rely on their own efforts rather than trust in one who has the ability and the willingness to give them help and safety.

There once was a man who was on board an old sailing ship when the ship was plunged into rough seas and a dreadful storm. Seeing that the man was beginning to panic, and fearing that his alarm would spread to the other passengers, the Captain gave him the end of a rope. “Hold that rope,” he said to the nervous man, “And make sure you don’t let go.” The man clung to the rope. Every muscle in his body was tense. He feared that if he let go, some awful disaster would strike the ship. When the storm passed, the man began to congratulate himself on the part he had played on helping the vessel through the storm. “What do you mean,” said the captain, “that rope was only connected to a loop on the deck. I made you hold it to keep your mind off the circumstances. You weren’t achieving anything at all!”

Do you know, that’s how many of us live. We think that it is our efforts that will bring us calmly through the storms of life, when the Bible tells us that in this respect the works of man are futile. Here is what the Bible says, in Titus 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost”

One hymn writer wrote, “I was sinking deep in sin, sinking to rise no more, overwhelmed by guilt within, mercy I did implore! Then the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry. Christ my Saviour lifted me, now safe am I.” The key to a safe passage throughout this life and beyond is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour.

Well, of course, the ferry got to Scotland OK, as I knew that it would. After all, I had trusted the captain all along! Trust Christ and have confidence that he will be with you all the way across life’s seas!

From → Evangelism

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