Glen Phillips, a retired gentleman, and his partner had just
arrived to fish this area. He was getting his equipment ready when
he heard a faint sound over the water. Listening closely he thought it might be a call for help. He asked his
partner to listen also. This man thought it was only some
distant seals barking. This didn't satisfy Glen. He started his engines and motored
in the direction he thought the sound was coming from. He motored about four
hundred yards and stopped the engines and listened. This time the cry for
help was heard distinctly and they were able to locate the man clinging to a
buoy. They hauled him into the boat were he collapsed. He only had enough
strength to mumble 'my friend' and point in the general direction of his
friend. Glen understood by this that someone else was in the water and
searched until they found him too. When they rescued this man he was in
worse shape than the first. The two were saved by the narrowest of margins.
Only a few more minutes in the water, they would have
'Help,' came the call over the water and Mr. Phillips heard it. There is one
who hears every call for help no matter how faint the call. He never fails to respond
and this one who always hears is God. Have you called on him? You ought to. He made you
and knows all about you. In fact he knows you better than you know yourself.
He knows what will make you truly happy as well as any pain or sorrow that
you feel. Not only does he know you, he loves you. Because he loves you he
sent his Son to Calvary's cross. It was there that Jesus, the one dearest to God's
heart, suffered, as none ever will. 'Christ also hath once suffered the just
for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.' (1Pet.3.18).
Because of their sins, men need to call on him. They are in danger of perishing. God is holy, just, and good,
the human race comes up short in all these things. 'God is light,' declares
the Bible, while it also says of men 'They have loved darkness.' Because
they love darkness, they will be consigned a lost eternity of darkness, as a fit and just punishment
for their sins. This is why it is so
important for men to call on God. 'Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord
shall be saved.' (Rom. 10.13.)
Don't let the fog of unbelief keep you from calling on the Lord for
salvation. Thousand upon thousands have already called on him. He has heard
each one and never refused any. Don't be left behind but call on Lord and
receive the salvation he offers today.
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your
heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9 (NIV)