August 30

“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.” Psalm 107:23-24

Let our prayer be that of an old Cornishman: “O Lord, send us out to sea—out in the deep water. Here we are so close to the rocks that the first bit of breeze with the devil, we are all knocked to pieces. Lord, send us out to sea—out in the deep water, where we shall have room enough to get a glorious victory.”__Mark Guy Pearse

Remember that we have no more faith at any time than we have in the hour of trial. All that will not bear to be tested is mere carnal confidence. Fair-weather faith is no faith.__C. H. Spurgeon (Streams in the Desert)

Discipleship is difficult because success or failure rests solely on my readiness and willingness to depend on the Father. There is no such thing as a self-reliant disciple. Reckless abandon to Sovereign God is no small thing; the way of the cross runs counter to common sense, and violates logic. That is what makes the Sermon on the Mount counter-cultural, to borrow a phrase from John R. W. Stott. While every reasonable voice urges to remain in the safe shallows, the wind of the Spirit blows into rough waters that threaten to dash us against shadowy crags apart from divine intervention. Faint hearts falter here. Brave hearts abandon independence and bow themselves daily, even hourly, to the mercies of God. Deep seas develop disciples.

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