This week, the elders of Emmanuel Baptist Church would like to share with you this blog post written by Pastor Bill Morgan of Grace Baptist Church in Schreiber, Ontario.
“But now thus says the Lord that created you, O Jacob, and He that formed you O Israel. Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you . . . . For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour. (Isaiah 43:1-3)
Over 3000 years ago, God made this promise to His people: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you …” That promise became very real to me a week ago last Friday while swimming across White Sand Lake at the park, with my 13 year old granddaughter (who is an excellent swimmer). We made it across to the camp that is on the opposite shore to the main public beach, but, part-way back, the calf muscle in my right leg cramped up and lost all mobility. The main reason I didn’t panic is because 38 years ago (at the age of 27) God had intervened in my life and saved my soul. In doing so, He had assured me that one day I would be brought into His personal presence in Heaven for all eternity. I was granted eternal life. “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)
Now I say that I didn’t panic, but it certainly shook me up!! All I could think about was my wife having to deal with my drowning and my dear granddaughter having to witness her “Poppy” die in front of her. In reflecting upon my decision about attempting to swim that distance (after laying around on holidays and eating like crazy), what in the world was I thinking? !! Without question, I wasn’t thinking at all!! How grateful I am even to be writing this article! My conclusion: There is more work for me to finish on behalf of my Lord and I need to be more attentive to all the decisions facing me in life. That moment on, a Friday afternoon, that I faced death,(as a believer in Jesus Christ) I was assured of God’s care and His kindness. “Yet the Lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.” (Psalm 42:8)
I’m smiling now as I write this article, but you need to know that, had I gone down to the bottom of White Sand Lake, my smile would be an eternal one, as Jesus Christ greeted me! You need to know the Lord! You need to belong to Him and hear Him say: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are Mine.” (Isaiah 43)
It wasn’t my time – insn’t it your time to know the Lord?