“They Wouldn’t Let Me!” (Matthew 11:28)

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A woman was trapped on the top floor of a burning building. Flames and smoke blocked every way of escape. When firefighters arrived, one the men scrambled up a ladder to the window where the woman was screaming for help, and with outstretched arms he offered to save her. But when she looked down and saw the great distance to the ground below, she panicked and drew back into the room.

The man attempting the rescue begged her to trust him for her safety, but his pleas were not heeded. In senseless fear she retreated beyond the fireman’s reach. Finally, being forced to return to the ground, he said with tears in his eyes, “I did everything I could to save her, but she wouldn’t let me!

Those words made me think of the spiritual peril facing so many people. Jesus longs to forgive their sins, but they stubbornly resist His offer of salvation. By refusing to trust Him, they are like the woman who perished in the flames even though she could have escaped.

Dear friend, right now believe on the Lord Jesus! He invites you to come to Him (Matthew 11:28). Don’t be among those of whom the Lord must say, “I did everything I could to save them, but they wouldn’t let Me!” – Richard W. De Haan

Why do you wait, dear brother?

The harvest is passing away;

Your Savior is longing to bless you,

There’s danger and death in delay. – Root

Faith is the hand that receives God’s gift.

  • April 7, Vol. 13, Our Daily Bread
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