Stonewall Jackson and his sister were crossing a treacherous torrent just below the mighty Niagara Falls. The current so rocked and tossed the boat that the woman became terrified. Jackson took her firmly by the arm and turning to one of the two boatmen said, “How often have you crossed here before?” “Continually, sir, for the past 12 years.” “Did you ever meet with an accident?” “Never, sir” “Never capsized and never lost a life?” “Nothing of that kind, sir.” Turning to his sister, Jackson reassuringly replied, “You heard what the boatman said. Unless you think you can row better than he does, just sit still and trust him as I do.
Similar words of reassurance are what spiritually troubled Christians need to hear when tossed by the billows of doubt and uncertainty. Jesus has never lost a soul entrusted to His care. We are safe in the refuge of God’s love, secure for time and eternity because of His grace!
If Christ is our Savior, we will reach harbor no matter how weak our faith or how boisterous the waves of doubt and trouble. Our salvation is His responsibility. Our responsibility is to trust and obey. God begins the good work and has promised to “complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). This gives the trusting child of God a lasting peace and the assurance that he will make is safety to heaven’s harbor.
Cast your full confidence on Him. He will keep you in His care both now and for eternity. – Henry G. Bosch
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And has shed His own blood for my soul. – Spafford
God performs what he promises and completes what He commences.
- June 2, 1988, Our Daily Bread