While They Cry for Help
Esther 8:17; Luke 19:3-4
On September 24, 1983, three sports fishermen motored to an island off the west coast of Florida. Sudden squalls whipped five-foot waves into their boat, drowning the engine. Helpless before the tide, they drifted into the Gulf of Mexico. There was no need to worry, they thought. The sea lanes hummed with activity, and early rescue seemed likely. When finally, on the third day a Coast Guard jet flew overhead, they felt they had been seen and celebrated by eating nearly all the food left aboard.
No deliverance came. In desperation, they watched thirty ships pass close by and move on, despite their frantic gestures for help. They ate fish to survive and drank water by the sip morning and night to prevent dehydration. Finally, on their tenth day adrift, a freighter spotted and rescued them. Later the men asked angrily how they could be so close to so many potential rescuers, yet never be seen.
People show their desperation for God in strange ways. Sometimes they argue against Him, wanting someone to prove them wrong; or they express doubts about Him, hoping someone will take time to talk with them, to care. Their need of God can come as a whimper or a shout, a curse or a prayer. As Christians, we must stop and attempt a rescue under any situation. The sinner will have to reach for the life preserver-but we must throw it.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone!
But By EVERY Word That Comes From God Above!
Esther 8:17, “And in every province and city, wherever the king’s command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday. Then many of the people of the land became Jews, because fear of the Jews fell upon them.”
Luke 19:3-4, “And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.”
A candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another. And as it gives its flames to the other, see how its own light increases! Light is the power to dispel darkness. You have this power to move back the darkness in yourself and in others with the birth of light created when one mind illuminates another, when one heart kindles another, when one man strengthens another. And its flame also enlarges within you as you pass it on. -The Eternal Light
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. -Wharton
There is not darkness enough in all the world to put out the light of one little candle. -Epitaph