When a man trusts in Christ, there is a point of union between him and God, and that union guarantees blessing. Faith saves us because it makes us cling to Christ Jesus, and he is one with God, and thus brings us into connection with God. I am told that, years ago, above the Falls of Niagara, a boat capsized, and two men were being carried down by the current, when people on the shore managed to float a rope out to them, which was grasped by them both. One of them held tightly to it, and was safely pulled to the bank; but the other, seeing a great log floating by, unwisely let go of the rope, and grabbed the log instead, since it was bigger, and apparently better to cling to. Alas! the log, with the man on it, went right over the raging falls, because there was no union between the wood and the shore…

The size of the log was no benefit to him who grasped it; it needed a connection with the shore to produce safety. So, when a man trusts in his works, or his prayers, or charity, or to sacraments, or to anything of that sort, he will not be saved, because there is no connection between him and God through Christ Jesus; but faith, though it may seem to be like a slender cord, is in the hand of the great God on the shore; infinite power pulls in the connecting line, and thus draws the man from destruction. Oh, the blessedness of faith, because it unites us to God by the Savior, whom he has appointed, even Jesus Christ! O reader, is there not common-sense in this matter? Think it over, and may there soon be a bond of union between you and God, through your faith in Christ Jesus!

Adapted from “Around the Wicket Gate” by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Faith Is the Hand Which Grasps
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