Sunday, October 21, 2012

Enough of questioning...

Noah came into the ark and his wife, and his sons and their wives. Their obedience was unquestioning. We do not find them asking anything at all, about the reason for the command; but they came as they were bidden. They passed through the doorway, and they were all in the ark. Fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and their wives,daughters and their husbands, and all of you, oh that the blessed Spirit would put you now into such a frame of mind that you should at once yield to the divine precept which says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”

Have you not asked questions enough? You have had some of them answered, but every answer has only helped you to invent another dozen questions. Oh, those questions! these quibbles! those debates! those doubts! those cavillings! They are ruining thousands.  

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "A Family Sermon." 

And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. 

And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. 

And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. ---(Genisis 19:15-26)

1 comment:

Cristake said...

I have read once a story - an alpinist climbing the rocky mountain on a foggy and blizzard weather... Suddenly he slips from his ropes and picker and falls down, being saved for the moment just by the safety rope. Unable to catch back the stone wall, unable to do anything, he hangs on that rope, feeling the cold to the bones, seeing no way to save himself; in this state of despair, he says a prayer, then an angel appears, saying him to cut the safety rope, because his faith will save him. Then the angel disappears, leaving our man full of doubts - but finally, too scared to cut the rope. Then he dies frozen. After a time, when the weather got better, some mountaineer team found him, hanging one meter above the ground.
I could add that I'm afraid I would have done just as the alpinist did... (And I'm sorry I can't remember where I read this story).